Hey guys – stop everything and take this in. Nimmo is everything you want in a ballplayer. Every Mets fan needs to hear this.
Pete McCarthy opens up asking about the McCutchen non-trade, then we get some great fun stories and if by the end of the hour he’s not your favorite Mets player I don’t know how that is even possible.
If you have your own blog please feel encouraged to pass this around. He was great. You will be able to grab the embed from the player below by hitting share. Everyone needs to hear this. I love this guy.
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And here’s the video!
We’re in the same room at the 2018 Queens Baseball Convention – so what do we do when we’re 25 feet from actual Mets? We sit in the corner and talk about Star Wars! And the Mets.
You can listen below or via the Alt Sports Talk feed on Apple Podcasts. I’ll also be posting QBC Stuff to that feed so you can get it all one-stop shopping.
00:00 We’re together and discuss what we’re wearing (jerseys)
08:00 Todd Hundley was at QBC
11:00 Angry Mets Twitter
12:30 Jay Bruce
15:00 The Porg Apocalypse
17:45 Chewie and the EU
20:00 Cousin Oliver and Lumpy
22:00 the use of color in Star Wars
27:00 Luke’s force powers in Empire!
33:00 Jason’s secret plan is SECRET
36:00 Solo rumors
BONUS CONTENT AFTER THE END THEME
42:00 Major Star Wars AND Mets News!
42:40 We heart Nimmo
Congratulations to @datwohig an @mediagoon for their fantastic job with the 2018 Queens Baseball Convention.
SLACKISH REACTION: Brandon Nimmo was a revelation. You know how I don’t like certain types of players – the kinds that have look at me personas and drive around in sports cars and hang with supermodels and maybe don’t have the back of the baseball card to roll like they are Joe Namath – yeah Nimmo is the opposite of that.
He was at QBC yesterday and I can’t express strongly enough how much he wowed the crowd. I don’t have a Man Crush on him, I have a Father In Law crush on him – this is the kind of guy that if he married one of your daughters you’d be like yeah. (He is married and clearly loves his wife, she was there.)
Many people left the room saying that while earlier in the week they were like WTF why didn’t the Mets trade this guy, now they are huge Nimmo fans. Me too. I have been looking for someone to replace the hole in my heart left when Murph left town, but now I have a new favorite Met and his is Brandon Nimmo. I’ll share the audio when @mediagoon wakes up from a well deserved nap.
Also great to see was Todd Hundley. As we’ve discussed on here Todd was a huge star in Queens and has gotten lost between The Dynasty and Piazza. Interesting to hear Todd say that Jeff Torborg was too nice and that people took advantage. Todd also had zero problem with the Mets going after Piazza because Todd knew he himself couldn’t play.
I didn’t get too much of Chris Flexen but he was there as well and apparently is a good dude.
At the Meet the Mets Executives Panel, marketing exec Mark Fine (good dude as well) said giveaways are now 25,000 not 15,000, the TBA t-shirt will be designed by Marvel, and there will be a Mr. Met as Han Solo in the Falcon cockpit bobblehead day for Star Wars Night. We also learned that Will that runs @mets reads all our tweets. A fan (not me!) asked about the dopey “That Feeling When….” posts and I don’t think I totally got the answer but something something different demographics.
I’m sure I will have more to say as the day and week goes on, and I’ll share video and audio as it comes loose.
I saw the not-boycotters people and literally hugged it out so we can be friends. It was that kind of feel good day.
I’ll have a podcast for you maybe today. Jason and I sat in the corner like nerds for 40 minutes and wound up talking a lot of Star Wars.
Finally, as I wasn’t involved with this one at all it was kind of fun to just attend it. I enjoyed watching someone else host “my” panel (I usually do Mets Execs). I described it to my wife as watching a band I used to be in. If you watch the 4 hour Tom Petty doc on Netflix (highly recommended) there’s a point where bassist Ron Blair talks about seeing the Heartbreakers when he was an ex-member of the band and that it was cool. I felt the same way. No longing, no jealousy, no feeling left out, just happy for my one-time bandmates. Great show guys.
DID THE METS GET ANY NEW PLAYERS: No.
I’m a day late on this but I heard people at QBC talking about the David Wright article in USA Today…
“It really hurts to say this, but I obviously can’t be relied on to go out there and do what I’ve done throughout my career,” Wright said Friday, per MLB.com. “That is a tough thing to say.”
Hello. I will use this post to bring you today’s QBCing. Come back for updates.
11:29 quiet before the storm
12:22 the Chris Flexen Panel
13:35. Flexen is quite likeable. If he had a superhero nickname it would be Wolverine. If he could have another number of his choice, numbers he likes are 27 and 33 but let me be very clear that he was quite respectful of the current owners of those numbers and knows they are not going to become available.
12:48 when asked who is looking forward to pitching to Flex took a beat and said it would be pretty awesome to face the Yankees.
1:47 Mets Trivia is tons of fun.
1:00 SNY Hot Stove Live.
2:46 Hundley having a good time with Ted Berg. I also did 41 minutes with Jason for a podcast.
2:48 Hundley says Jeff Torborg was too nice and the 92-93 teams needed someone tougher and guys took advantage.
1:52 SNY guys grab Todd Hundley early.
2:55 Hundley talking about Piazza – I couldn’t play so yeah go get the best player in baseball.
3:17 the state of the Mets panel is rolling.
4pm the Meet the Mets Executives pane. Weird for me not to be doing it (long story, my choice, all good seriously)
Nice to hear Mark Fine discuss the Mets’ need to tap into Generation Z. See, you twitter people telling me I’m wrong – Mets are on it.
Wil Carafelo who runs social media says he reads all our comments and gets a laugh. I better pretend to be @ceetar again.
4:08 Mark says from a marketing standpoint the best age for your team to win the World Series is age 8. Makes sense to me – as I have mentioned I became a fan in 77 when I was 8. Although the Mets were not the NY team that won it that year.
Mark says the giveaways go from 15000 to 25000
The TBD shirt is being designed by Marvel
Star Wars Night will have a Han Solo Mr. Met bobblehead (Mr in the Falcon)
Mark was asked about Seaver statue and crowd cheers. Mark gives a solid respectable answer that boils down to that he and Will are not the guys who handle that.
The annual question about Saturday day games gets asked. Mark says research shows them the later the better especially for group sales.
Mark says quite affirmative the Mets will honor 1969 in 2019. He had said that last year at QBC. I was the moderator so I remember it.
4:45 Brandon Nimmo is quite likeable and handled the McCutchen question very well. Upbeat guy lots of charisma. If he’s got game he could be a major star in this town.
Look at all the happy Mets fans!
5:19. “Guys I’m from Wyoming, thats cold!” Nimmo talking about New Year’s Eve
He says nobody else would agree to be Santa so the Mets turned to him on desperation.
The crowd and I love this guy. You should too.
His goal for the season? “Win a World Series.” It was a genuine no hesitation answer.
The uniform panel wraps the day. The guy on the right is Russ from Stitches who does the Mets jerseys and the QBC jerseys. Check out his Dolphins colored Mets jersey (with a Dolphins patch)
And that’s a wrap on the day. As always a nice January touch of baseball. Great job by @mediagoon and @dtwohig putting this together.
More thoughts tomorrow and some longer content in the next few days.