September 20, 2021 – With the first live Queens Baseball Convention in almost 2 years now less than eight weeks away, organizers today announced protocols that will be put in place for the Nov. 13th event.
“While we all wish we could go back to how we hosted the QBC pre-pandemic, we have to live with the reality that things have changed. We want to provide both a fun and safe experience for everyone who comes out to Mulcahy’s in November” stated co- founder Dan Twohig.
The protocols that will be put in place are as follows:
• All attendees (paid attendees, guests, vendors, and volunteers) must be EITHER fully vaccinated OR if not vaccinated, must
present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the QBC start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the start time. This includes guests under 12 who are not yet eligible for a vaccine
o “Fully vaccinated” means the guest must have received the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or their first does of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (J&J) no later than September 30th
o Proof of vaccination must be presented in one of the following manners:
▪ Arecordofvaccinationfromthehealthcareproviderwhoadministeredthevaccine,alongwitha government-issued or official document bearing the name of the individual and a photo or date of birth matching the name on the COVID-19 vaccination documentation
▪ PrintedCOVID-19vaccinationdocumentationoraclearphotoofdocumentationdisplayedonyouriPhone or Android phone will be accepted
▪ NYCCOVIDSafePass,NewYorkStateExcelsiorPass,orEUDigitalPassportwillalsobeaccepted • All attendees must wear masks while inside the venue, except while eating or drinking in designated areas
• Guests who fail to comply with these protocols will not be admitted into the QBC, or will be asked to leave
“We are still in a pandemic,” said Twohig’s partner Keith Blacknick, “but given these safety measures we can still gather together as Mets fans to celebrate the blue and orange. Of course if things change prior to the QBC we can and will adjust as needed.”The State of the MetsThe one panel that has been with all the live QBCs and heck, even the virtual one from earlier this year. Mark has put together another stellar panel this year with Lori Rubinson From WFAN , Tim Healey from Newsday, and Tim Ryder from The Apple.
Queens Baseball Convention Announces Shannon Forde as the 2021 Recipient of the Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award
September 22, 2021 – Organizers of the Queens Baseball Convention revealed today that former New York Mets Senior Director of Media Relations Shannon Forde will be the recipient of the 2021 Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award to be presented at 2021 QBC on November 13th.
Forde tragically passed away from breast cancer in 2016 at the age of 44.
A pioneer for women in baseball, Forde rose through the ranks in the Mets media department where she had worked for 22 years, establishing connections with players, reporters, and executives across all of baseball.
Her love of the Mets, and her love of baseball, was evident in everything she did throughout her career, from shepherding green- eyed rookies around Shea and CitiField, to running the 2013 All-Star Game, to being the point person on numerous charity endeavors (including Tuesday’s Children after 9/11).
Forde was also instrumental in getting the Mets media department to recognize non-traditional media outlets such as bloggers and independent websites.
“Without Shannon, there may not have been a QBC” stated co-founder Keith Blacknick. ”We were part of the extended Mets community and Shannon always treated us as such. She helped us establish our credibility and we will always be indebted to her for that.”
The Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award was established in 2014 in cooperation with the Hodges family. Presented annually to a person whose memory eternally warms our hearts, brightens our spirits and lights our way, as well as brings together the best elements of sportsmanship and humanity. Past recipients have included Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver, Ed Charles, Bud Harrelson, Bobby Valentine, and David Wright.
A member of Forde’s family will be accepting on her behalf at the 2021 QBC to be held on Nov. 13th at Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall. Tickets are expected to go on sale later this week.There will also be vendors, mascots, and more.
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