@QBConvention VS Mets Fan Fest

(A guest post by Media Goon)



So how is your day going today?



Mine has been interesting to say the least. I am going to get into it right away.



Many of you have probably seen that the Mets are doing a Fan Fest one week after QBC 2020 next year. That’s great and I guess after Six years after trying to bluff the Mets into doing one we finally “won” and now the Mets are doing one. Which is great for the fans of the Mets. And we wish the Mets success in this. We want Mets fans to have the best experiences whether its with the Mets official Fan Fest or our unofficial Fan Fest.



I am going to be transparent with this post folks. We started this event to try to get the Mets to do one. Originally it was myself, Shannon Shark, Darren Meenan and Dan Twohig. Darren had to drop out because of having to do things with The 7 Line(but has supported us non stop since then). Eventually Shannon dropped out because of life commitments. Then it was down to two.



The Mets over the years have sent staff over to us for panels and have been generous with giveaways. They know it was a good idea to try to connect with the fans. And we thank them for that. It was a good partnership. Along the way we were able to get SNY to be a title sponsor and we were able to air commercials to promote the QBC their. They even sent panels over to us because they saw the value of the partnership that was growing.



Towards the end of this season I heard rumblings that the Mets wanted to do their own Fan Fest and that they might want us involved. Which I thought was great because the Mets saw how hard we worked over the past few years basically promoting their brand with the QBC. Dan and I did get an email from the Mets that they wanted us to come in and have a meeting with them. They wanted to do a Fan Fest and to their credit they did want us to work with them, by giving them insights and maybe running a panel room. They wanted to show that they cared about the fans. They asked us to put together a proposal and we did. They also asked us not to hold the QBC in January because they were going do it then. We had always planned to do ours on January 18th and they were thinking about doing theirs that day.



We sent them our proposal and they turned it down. I am not going to get into specifics except for the fact that we offered to help consult with what fans want to see and program panel rooms all day.. They said that they have internal departments that can handle a fanfest and didn’t need us to consult. I get it. They didn’t want to pay us to consult and to program a panel room. But we also weren’t going to volunteer to do this. We both have busy jobs and it is one thing when we bust our ass for the QBC to make us and other fans happy, but we weren’t going to kill ourselves with our work commitments to work for free with the Mets at their fest.



Some folks have been asking why we were so late in announcing the QBC for 2020. This is why.



We waited until the Mets got back to us and once they did we had to finalize the venue. We were actually looking to do the QBC at Citi Field this year but the fan fest knocked that out from under us. We had to wait on booking talent because we didn’t want to have to book someone that could have had another appearance opportunity. Right now we are trying to finalize all the talent and panels for the day. We want to make the QBC the best experience every year for our fellow fans. We also try to make the experience a real fun event that lasts all day.



We try to stay as affordable as possible for our fellow fans also. We have to pay for the talent, the venue, ticketing service, travel/hotel/transpo for the players and also for stuff like sound and other incidentals.



Thank you for supporting us for all these years and hopefully still supporting us this year. The two events should be able to co exist.



This is the Mets Release about whats going on that day. Hopefully Mets Fans will go to both.




The Mets are excited to announce the Inaugural Mets FANFEST will take place at Citi Field on Saturday, January 25, 2020, and will feature appearances by new Manager Carlos Beltrán, current Mets players, Mets’ legends, as well as games, tours and other activities for the whole family.

Fans can take part in self-guided tours of Citi Field with stops that include the Mets home clubhouse, broadcast booths, press conference room and more. Young fans will have the chance to take swings in the visiting batting cages, interact with players, play video games and take photos with Mr. and Mrs. Met. Other events, including live panel discussions, will take place throughout the day.


  • Tickets On Sale: Tuesday, December 3rd at 10:00 a.m. ET
  • Admission: $20 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under
    • Opportunity to purchase up to two (2) Autograph Sessions ($25 each) Proceeds from all autograph sessions will benefit the Mets Foundation.
  • Ticket limit: Six (6) tickets total per transaction.
  • Complimentary Parking (spaces will be limited)

Ticket availability and autograph sessions opportunities are not guaranteed and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. There are a limited number of tickets available for this exclusive event, so fans are encouraged to act quickly.Please note that this is an online only purchase opportunity; these tickets are not available for purchase over the phone. 

Mets Fire Mickey. Mickey watch is over.



FLUSHING, N.Y., October 3, 2019 – The New York Mets today announced that they have relieved Manager Mickey Callaway of his duties, effective immediately.


“We want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons and I’m certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity,” Mets Executive Vice President & General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “A decision like this is never easy, however, we believe it is in the best interest of the franchise at this time.”


Callaway posted a 163-161 (.503) record during his two seasons with the Mets. Callaway was named the Mets 21st manager in club history on October 23, 2017.

As usual good old Media Goon has to save the day because Diamond Dave can’t handle his blog.

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Cars getting towed at Willets Point across from Citi Field. What’s going on?

These gates that they have installed around 36th, 37th, and 38th aves, Are they for the parking lots for the air train to Laguardia airport or are they a sign that some construction on the Willets Point. This is the first “movement” of any kind that I have heard of in months over here.


The NYPD wasted little time towing cars off newly demapped streets in Willets Point on Monday, July 8.
Last week, the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development installed gates blocking off Willets Point Boulevard, 38th, 37th and 36th avenues in the industrial area. The roadways, in the shadow of Citi Field, had recently been removed from the official city street grid for potential redevelopment.
The agency also posted signs threatening a tow, a fine and potential jail time for vehicle owners who leave their cars on the demapped streets.
It appears that was not an empty threat.
By 2 p.m. on July 8, three days after the department locked the gates, several cars had been towed from the former streets, according to workers in the area.
About 15 workers in Willets Point gathered around the corner of 37th Avenue and Willets Point Boulevard on Monday afternoon as two police officers spoke with disgruntled vehicle owners whose cars were soon to be towed.
“You never see police over here,” said Tomer Chazbani, a property and business owner in Willets Point. “But now after the gates, they’re here.”

Read more here.

The second part to this story is in another article from QNS.Com is that the business owners are looking for better roads, sewage, street lights, and Street Signs. I thought they were all getting imminent domain eventually. So really, what is going on over there in Willets Point? Why are the politicians doing a walking tour around this area?

While a concrete plan is yet to fall into place, property owners, Department of Transportation officials and members of Community Board 7 gathered in Willets Point on Monday to survey the state of the streets and begin planning for new roads in the industrial park.


But with government officials in front of them on July 8, property owners took the opportunity to air their grievances. “I don’t want to hear a lot of PR stuff,” said Irene Prestigiacomo, a property owner in the Iron Triangle. “I want to hear actual facts.”


The city Department of Transportation (DOT) secured $17 million in funding for road improvements in the crumbling industrial neighborhood in the most recent capital budget.

Read more here.

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That game yesterday was Brutal. BRUTAL.

The Mets did a decent job with the honoring of the 1969 team. Ed Kranepool ended the ceremony trying to give the current team words of encouragement and hope for the season. Sad thing is the Mets said some of the players that couldn’t make it to the game “were no longer with us”. That was wrong.

So as usual the Mets, Mets something that they shouldn’t have. The heat/humidity sucked for a bit until the rain came. It came down hard. After the rain delay it just felt like the game was going on forever. And of course the Mets lost in Mets fashion.
The cool parts of this was thatThe7LineArmy’s 100th outing was last night and MR Met had his own T7LA jersey along with a special T7LA MR Met Bobble head. A few of the members got to do some in game events also. The Mets of course blew the game again and it just is sucking the life out of me right now. I am going to the game tonight too,  I just can’t quit going to the games. Hopefully the Mets will win tomorrow night. I need just some good baseball to be played.