I thought I’d write about Mets Fan Fest.
I am glad they are doing it.
The questions I keep having are, why are they doing it, and are they actually serious about doing it well?
It occurred to me what the Mets are missing with what they have announced so far: COMMUNITY.
Oh sure they can whip put Pete and deGrom and you can get a signed poster and that’s cool and I applaud the Mets for doing it – but I feel like the secret sauce is The Hang. Community.
Let’s start with Cubs Convention. Here’s a video you should skim.
Now I skimmed it too (I get it, we’re both busy) but as I skimmed I saw this…
What’s happening here is players like Andre Dawson and Ferguson jenkins are joining whoever these other nice men in Cubs jerseys are (I recognize the guy with the glasses).
Let’s also not gloss over that these are just the Opening Ceremonies.
Let’s also not gloss over this appears to be being televised.
Let’s bop over to the complete known information about Mets Fan Fest. I know the print is small. What it says is “FANFEST will feature appearances by new manager Carlos Beltrán, current Mets players, Mets’ legends, and include games, ballpark tours, and other activities for the whole family. The event will run from 12PM to 6PM, with three 2-hour sessions.”
Back to the Cubs via this MLB Press release
That looks fun and BIG. Again to be fair, for all I know is the Mets are going to have Saturday Live With Steve Gelbs and do the same thing. Dunno.
But hey enough about the Cubs, maybe they are just good at it. Well…how about the Bosox? Let’s check out Winter Weekend
Um…..yeah deGrom, Pete and Beltran are nice….and two hours in the cold is nice..but yo LOOK AT THE POSSIBILITIES.
Player & Alumni Autographs & Photos @ MGM Springfield and the MassMutual Center
Each Weekend Pass to the event comes with guaranteed access to one autograph and photo session with one or two of the attending players/alumni/coaches. Please note that the individual(s) signing autographs in each room is different from the individual(s) taking photos.
Autograph and Photo Sessions will take place at both MGM Springfield AND the MassMutual Center. Please make sure you are paying careful attention to your wristband to ensure you go to the correct location. You will receive your wristbands when you check in for the event at the MassMutual Center box office. Pre-registration for your autograph/photo sessions will begin on Friday, January 3rd.
Breakfast with Wally & Tessie/Dinner with Wally & Tessie* @ MGM Springfield
Join Wally and his sister Tessie for a mascot-themed breakfast and dinner for kids and families on Saturday morning and early evening! *separately ticketed events for additional charges
Season Ticket Holder Lounge @ MGM Springfield
Season Ticket Holders are invited to stop by their exclusive Lounge on Saturday, January 18 to relax and unwind while connecting with other Season Ticket Holders and the Red Sox Season Ticket Services team. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the day, as well as games, giveaway opportunities and more! Proper credentials required.
Town Hall Meeting @ the MassMutual Center
Winter Weekend kicks off Friday at the MassMutual Center arena, right after members of the 2020 Red Sox are introduced. The Town Hall will air on NESN at a later date.
Fan Fest @ the MassMutual Center
This year’s Fan Fest is comprised of 3 areas: the Family Fun Zone in the Exhibition Hall, the Social Media Lounge, and our new ‘Wally’s World’ area. Make sure to visit all 3 spots between Friday night and Saturday to test your fastball at the speed pitch, get your picture taken with the four World Series Trophies, giveaways, and more!
Baseball Insider Panels @ the MassMutual Center
This year’s panels will take place at the MassMutual Center. There will be no pre-registration for panels. Access to the panels will be first-come, first-serve.
Ticket Town @ the MassMutual Center
Dedicated sales representatives will be available on Friday night and throughout the day on Saturday to assist with ticket purchases for the 2020 season, including a chance to purchase tickets for summer games before they are available to the public.
NESN Live from Winter Weekend @ the MassMutual Center
Catch NESN’s live broadcast of Winter Weekend with special appearances from Red Sox players and executives on Saturday.
So again let me ask the question – are the Mets even serious about this? Are they testing the waters? Look at what I just posted vs this again…
I mean, seriously? Do you think THAT is gonna be this?
Many of you know this, but for those that don’t, I was a co-founder of the Queens Baseball Convention, and of the two guys running it now one is my cousin and one is a good friend with whom I do baseball trips including one to London. So apply whatever bias to this post you want to assign to me.
My angle isn’t to shill for the QBC, it is to encourage the Mets to look at the possibilities. Yes they have done “a’ Fan Fest and that’s a good thing but man hand the QBC guys, or me, all all of us the keys for a year and look at the possibilities. Yeah sure the Mets can make Pete and JDG show up because they happen to be in town on Jan 25th to pick up awards (by the way Mets can you at least announce/admit who is coming to your Fest?) but wow imagine if someone tried.
Other teams are somehow able to have three day extravaganzas in hotels, that are televised (Mets, do you know anyone at SNY?) and because they are three day events in hotels they build COMMUNITY which is what this should be about. Meeting Pete Alonso for 20 seconds is nice, but how about letting the people who love your business a chance to hang with the other people? Nope, sorry your two hour window is over please exit the building. Nice, but really not trying too hard.
I doubt the Cubs and Red Sox do this because they are nice. I’m willing to bet this is a nice little business.
So Mets, thank you for doing a Fan Fest. I really truly appreciate the initiative. I just am not convinced you are serious. When you are…it will look like this., not John Franco waving at people in the Rotunda. Good start but get serious.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 19, 2019