Tuesday, August 16, 2022

QBC 2022: Ticket on sale date


Things are coming together for QBC 2022 on Saturday December 3rd 2022 at Four Points by Sheraton in Flushing Queens. We have SNY back as our presenting sponsor. We have the location. Believe it or not we worked out the panel/signing schedule for the day(for now). Our volunteers are stepping up. We zeroed in on the talent we want for the panels/signings. All is looking pretty swell. We even have a date where we are going to put the tickets on sale.

That date is September 22nd. There will be different ticket packages as usual and we will be announcing those in the upcoming weeks.

Keep paying attention to this blog, Queensbaseballconvention.com, @mediagoon and @QBConvention on twitter for updates.

We will be using Eventbrite to sell the tickets as again this year.

Also, we are always looking for more sponsors. If you or you know anyone that might want to be a sponsor please email QBCsponsorships@gmail.com for more info.

Monday, August 15, 2022

NY State/City Casino stuff.

 Anyone paying attention to the folks who want a casino in NYC? BTW, remember when the Wilpons wanted to build a mall on the parking lot where Shea Stadium used to stand? You know the parkland that can only be built on by the owners of The New York Mets? You kinda do? Well guess where Steve Cohen supposedly wants to put the casino he wants to build. Yep same spot. Anyway this post is about what’s going on with the possible casino(s) in general in the lower NY state/city area.

From the NY Post.

“ Resorts World casino has “parted ways” with its security director Timothy Pearson after learning the longtime pal of Mayor Eric Adams had a second paid gig with the city.

The gambling company confirmed Pearson’s departure on Sunday, following the revelation last week that their top security official was serving as a public safety advisor to the mayor while getting paid by the New York City Economic Development Corporation
earson’s gig with the city’s economic development arm raised ethics concerns as Resorts World is seeking to expand its gambling operations in Queens.

A source familiar with the matter told The Post Sunday that Pearson, who worked with Adams during their days at the NYPD, never informed his bosses that he was moonlighting and getting paid by EDC.”

Read more here.

It just seems to me that there might be more going on behind closed doors right now.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Mark Canha #19 - Game Used Road Grey Jersey - Mets vs. Marlins - 7/31/22 - 3-5, 2 RBI's, 2 R's



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Saturday, August 13, 2022





FLUSHING, N.Y., August 12, 2022 – The New York Mets in collaboration with Ford hosted their first FDNY vs. NYPD Battle of the Badges charity baseball game at Citi Field on Thursday, August 11.


Through ticket sales, the Mets raised over $83,000 for FDNY and NYPD charities. Additionally, Ford donated $20,000 to FDNY and NYPD for their local charities.


Each team consisted of former high school, college and minor league baseball players who are now members of FDNY or NYPD. In front of a crowd of almost 3,500, which included Mets catcher James McCann, NYPD came from behind to defeat FDNY, 9-6.


Please click here for video from the event.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Post season ticket prices are scary


I’m not going to sit here and blame the Mets for the ticket prices because I know that it’s MLB who prices them out. My gripe is going to be to MLB.

Here is a problem with the sport. You have a wife and two kids. You have season tickets which consists four seats to a game. You get hit with the invoice for the post season which the ticket prices are astronomical even with the plan holder discount. I’m just going to do rounded up numbers here but if you are in the 100s you are looking at around 10 grand for four seats. The price comes down a small amount because the Mets probably aren’t playing the wild card games. So subtract about $1250 from the cost. You are still looking at $8750 to lay down for playoff tickets. That’s a big chunk of change there in this economy.

Now say you only get two strips instead of the four you had in your plan.. How do you decide which kid gets to go with you? What if the one kid gets to see the Mets win the World Series and the other kid is at home watching it on tv. I can see that as a serious way of “breaking” a kid’s fandom. Baseball is already having problems with the ages of the fans. They aren’t creating new ones, especially making it so expensive to go to games.

I remember being able to go see the Mets play the Astros in 1986 for one of the playoff games. It was amazing. It was one of the things that helped cement my fandom of being able to see something cool like that. The 2015 post season strips were expensive but didn’t feel out of control expensive to me. These feel like FU to the fans.

I’m trying to figure out if its worth me getting the strips especially with my work schedule. And one more thing MLB, can we grow the sport again before it dies off like the dinosaurs?

Thursday, August 11, 2022

QBC 2022: SNY is returning to the QBC!


Things have been busy as heck at QBC Headquarters. Tons of moving parts going on here and it makes me happy. Why does it make me happy? Why? Because this is the earliest we have been able to lock in venues, food concessions, working on guests, panels, and have been able to announce the return of John Saponaro as host, and our returning OG panel State of the Mets hosted by Mark Healey. Now here is the next announcement.

We are proud to announce that returning to QBC is our presenting sponsor for many of our events. Welcome back to SNY! SNY has been a major part of the QBC for years and we are ecstatic for a continuation of our partnership and we can’t see what programming they send our way. In the past we have had Baseball Night in NY, Shea Anything Podcast, and Mets Hot Stove. When we get the exact panel/talent that is coming in for QBC 2022, we will announce it immediately.

Remember QBC 2022 is going to be on Saturday December 3rd 2022 at Four Points by Sheraton in Flushing Queens.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Dwight "Doc" Gooden Meet & Greet at Pandora's Box Toys & Collectibles


egendary Mets and Yankees pitcher Doc Gooden will be live in store on August 14th from 12-3pm

About this event

Come meet the 3x World Series Champ Dwight "Doc" Gooden on August 14th (sunday) from 12- 3 pm at Pandora's Box Toys & Collectibles

The Mets Pod 8/9/22


Episode Description

Connor Rogers and Joe DeMayo welcome Jomboy’s Jack AKA ‘Jolly Olive’ to Episode 19 of The Mets Pod, as the Mets are on a hot streak after beating the Braves in a big series at Citi Field, and they see things getting salty in Atlanta. The guys talk about the NL East race, the claim by Braves pitcher Spencer Strider that the Mets are “lucky” on offense, the Mets moves at the trade deadline, and what lies ahead for the rest of the regular season. Later in the show, Connor and Joe continue to celebrate the return of Jacob deGrom, plus go down on the farm for updates on Francisco Alvarez, newly-promoted Brett Baty, and Jose Butto. Finally, the show wraps with The Mailbag, with listener questions about the way Buck Showalter manages platoons, what a potential playoff starting rotation could look like, and the contributions of Starling Marte. Be sure to subscribe to The Mets Pod at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts, and check out Jolly Olive on the Shea Station podcast!

Today's Show

0:00 Welcome to the show Jack 'Jolly Olive' Oliver
1:32 Jolly Olive on becoming a Mets fan 
2:20 Mets-Braves analysis 
3:05 Spencer Strider's comments 
5:22 Trade deadline recap 
6:47 Looking at the rest of the season 
8:16 All-Star week story
 9:05 Launching the Shea Station podcast 
12:17 The return of Jacob deGrom 
14:42 The strength of the rotation 
18:46 The Mets' defense impacting deGrom 
21:42 Brett Baty's promotion to AAA 
23:45 Alvarez in September?
 27:53 Jose Butto breakdown
 30:02 Do you like how much Buck switches the platoon mid-game? 
24:55 Which starting pitcher gets bumped before the playoffs? 
39:21 Where does Starling Marte rank in top free agent signings? 
42:58 Closing thoughts 
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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

QBC 2022: Gil Hodges "Unforgettable Fire" Award Recipient is...


The Queens Baseball Convention is proud to present the Gil Hodges "Unforgettable Fire" award to someone who has been with the NY Mets since 1980. Someone that you have never heard a bad word about from anyone in the organization. Someone that worked tirelessly for years with the players and folks in the front office. Someone that is a beloved figure buy coworkers, friends, and Mets fans. This person has been able to reconnect alumni with the Mets organization. This person has a memoir out about their life. This person is still grinding at work even though though they could ride off into the sunset if they wanted to. We have heard so many great stories about how helpful this person is to all those around him. This person tries to elevate the folks around them by just being themselves. If there was anyone to invoke the spirit of Gil Hodges to receive the Unforgettable Fire award the year Gil has been inducted into the hall of fame. It is this man. The one and only Jay Horwitz. When asked Jay if he would 

Come join us at The QBC on Saturday December 3rd 2022 to honor Jay.

Monday, August 8, 2022





FLUSHING, N.Y., August 8, 2022 – The New York Mets will host their first Women’s Day at Citi Field on Wednesday, August 10 when they take on the Cincinnati Reds at 1:10 p.m. Led by the Mets female driven employee resource group, “She-Unit”, Women’s Day at Citi Field will be a celebration of women in sports with female focused pregame and in-game programming in honor of Women’s Equality Day.


Prior to the start of the game, there will be a panel with the women of the Mets front office, who will speak to other female industry contacts and female driven community groups. The Women of the Mets panel will feature Director of Major League Operations Elizabeth Benn, Director of Revenue Innovation & Strategy Janaki Cash, Executive Director of Broadcasting & Special Events Lorraine Hamilton, Vice President of Ballpark Operations Sue Lucchi, and Erica Scherzer. The panel will be hosted by Mets in-game host Emily Reppert.


A ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Queens native Olivia Pichardo. A baseball pitcher, Pichardo participated in the MLB’s Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series last fall and was recently named to the 2022 Women’s National Baseball Team.


The Mets will also be remembering Shannon Forde with a tribute video on Citi Vision. Forde, whose parents will be in attendance on Wednesday, was a pioneer for women in baseball as she rose through the ranks in the organization to become the senior director of media relations with the club.


Fans can purchase tickets to this game and all 2022 Mets home games at the Citi Field box office, by visiting Mets.com/Tickets or calling 718-507-TIXX.


About Mets ERG’s

The New York Mets Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) were created to help all employees feel connected through a common cause or interest. By joining our ERG’s, we aim to foster an inclusive workplace, create a sense of belonging and acceptance, promote cultural awareness and improve company innovation. We encourage a diverse and inclusive culture, on and off the field, wherein the power of our ERG’s creates meaningful impact for our employees, our fans, and our communities. Participation provides employees the opportunity to develop leadership skills and network with colleagues at all levels, including our senior leadership.

Anyone watching what is going on with Willets Point Project?


No one is seems to ever talk about the Willets Point development and how it is going. The Mayor last week was mentioning how he wants a 25,0000 seat soccer stadium somewhere around here and Steve Cohen wants a casino. I don't know where they are supposed to fit in the area that is supposed to have a Convention Center, a school, hotel, office space, retail space, park area, and residential buildings. Right now they are working on the residential space on Lots A/B. I'm just curious whats going on over there.

I also just want to know why no one is checking on this more.

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Fight Breaks out in crowd at Citi Field during Mets/Braves Game


This is straight up ridiculous. I know Citi Field has cameras all over the place and that they can pick up stuff like this, and security in the past has come down to sections quickly for a guy not wearing a shirt, but don't mobilize quick enough for this?

I know it's not all the Mets Security's fault that this happened. I do know there is a sense of lawlessness that has been happening more and more in NYC and now it has trickled down into Citi Field. "But there has always been fights at sporting events." Doesn't make it right. This is also why for years I have been saying that they need that fan service/security number all over the place at Citi Field. In the past I was told it's good enough that they show it one time before the game before the fans all get in the stadium. I have an idea, why not put it on the backs of the chairs? 

I heard that Traffic/parking sucked at Citi Field yesterday.

 Mets. Mets. Mets. What went on with the parking situation yesterday between games sounds like a horror show. How did you guys figure folks were going to be able to leave the parking areas while folks were coming  in to park? The traffic leaving after a game is horrendous to begin with then you add the incoming traffic all I can see is trouble. It’s so bad me and my friends hang out in the parking lots until it dies down. 

It’s hard enough entering the stadium parking lots at times to get into games also.I can just imagine the vortex of bad drivers, overwhelmed parking attendants, cops giving traffic direction that always seem ass backwards. Oof. I am glad I didn’t go to the game(s).

I wonder if the Mets could have talked to the parks Dept about using the parking lots over in Flushing Meadows to help ease some of the traffic. I am sure there was a reason but I just don’t get how you can let this chaos happen.

Come on guys do better.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

New clubs coming to Citi Field next season.

 New clubs coming to Citi Field next season. Are they replacing clubs that are there now or are they being added to the stadium. And your need a personal membership to the Empire club? What is this Disney Club 33? Hat tip to Nick for sending this over.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Mets Championship banners shrunk and moved at Citi Field.


Our intrepid photographer Pete McNally noticed something at tonight’s Mets game. The Championship banners have been relocated to the party deck at almost a mini size. Why you might ask? Looks like to put  LED signs where they once hung. What do you guys think of the mini banners? I don’t like it myself.

QBC 2022: John Saponaro returns as host


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John Saponaro is an accomplished stand up comedian, actor, and host of live events. John has been with us twice before as a host. The first time he was a co-host for the Lunch with Keith Hernandez. The second time John was the host for QBC 2021. Not only did he host the whole show, John also stepped in as a moderator for a couple of panels. John also has a pretty good Metscentric podcast Til Mets Do Us Part.also. We want to welcome back John and can't wait to see him on stage again.

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Thursday, August 4, 2022





FLUSHING, N.Y., August 4, 2022 – New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo was named the team’s recipient of the 2022 Heart and Hustle Award, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced Thursday.


The Heart and Hustle Award recognizes one player on each Major League team who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.


Of the 30 winners from each Major League team, one player will be chosen as the final Heart and Hustle Award recipient, as voted on by approximately 8,600 current and alumni player members of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. This year’s recipient will be announced on the MLBPAA’s social media channels and MLB Network during the post-season.


Nimmo, who was the Mets’ Heart and Hustle Award winner in 2018, enters tonight’s contest slashing .272/.352/.429 this season. He leads the team with 64 runs scored, a mark that ranks tied for 13th in the Majors, while adding 10 home runs and 39 RBI in 2022. Additionally, Nimmo is slashing .315/.406/.509 on the road, with his .915 road OPS ranking eighth in the Majors.


Off the field, Nimmo recently hosted a sandlot baseball game for 20 little leaguers from the Greater New York Area. His goal of the event was to inspire young players by encouraging them to keep playing ball and exemplify sportsmanship.