EVENT TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND CANCELLATION
12:00 Sandy the Seagull
Our favorite mascot from Brooklyn is coming by!
Moderator Mark Healey (Gotham Baseball) is joined by some of the biggest names in blogging and podcasting for a lively discussion of baseball in Queens, and they hope you’ll join in.
- Matt Cerrone – MetsBlog
- Greg Prince - Faith and Fear in Flushing
- Jason Fry – Faith and Fear in Flushing
- Kerel Cooper – On The Black
- Taryn Cooper – KinersKorner.com
- Ed Ryan – MetsFever.com
- Mike Silva- ESPN LI 107.1/96.9FM
- Steve Keane – Kranepool Society
Steve has been the Cyclones’ General Manager since the team’s inception in 2001. He also held the same position during the franchise’s temporary stop in Queens (as the Queens Kings) in 2000, and played an integral part in the transition to Brooklyn.
1:00 The Scavenger Hunt
Top 5 answers on the board…name a shortstop! Is your team of four smarter and faster than the opponents? Then maybe you’ll win some prizes! Get your team ready and check in early.
Ron will sign autographs…it’s all part of your admission ticket! Ron has to go at 3 so line up and don’t miss out! (Subject to time restrictions)
Even if you didn’t personally experience 1962, 1969 or 1986, those seasons — along with the ones that are less celebrated — belong to each and every one of us. Greg Prince from Faith and Fear in Flushing speaks to what Mets history means to the Mets fan and how Mets fandom informs Mets history.
Randy from The Apple has a prize. You can try to win a better prize or you might get zonked. Come by the Trivia Area and try your luck.
The QBC is accepting donations for Zonks. If you have a crappy old Phillies hat you want to get rid of, drop it off in the Zonk Box.
Steve Keane (aka @kranepool) and Ed Marcus (the beloved @lagranderusty) are the hosts of the Sounds from Shea podcast and will be the moderators of the Ed Kranepool Q & A session at the Queens Baseball Con. We figured Steve would be interested in speaking to the real Kranepool.
The Q & A takes place at 3pm in “Area B” (McFadden’s aficionados may know that as “The Hill”), followed by an Ed Kranepool autograph session in the bar area at 4pm. The autograph is part of your admission.
If you’d like to ask Ed Kranepool a question we will have a microphone in the audience for you to jump in – otherwise just hang back and listen!
A behind the scenes look at marketing, ticketing and the fan experience with..
- Mark Fine, Senior Director, Marketing
- Kirk King, Senior Director, Group Sales
- Chris Brown, Executive Director, Guest Experience
Mr. Met will be making a one hour appearance! Awesome.
Paul Lukas from Uni Watch has assembled the greatest minds in Mets uniform knowledge for what is destined to be the greatest Mets uniform discussion of all-time.
- Mike Ceserano – Mets Uniform Timeline
- Todd Radom – MLB Uniform designer who has done work for the Mets. toddradom.com
- Jon Springer – Mets By The Numbers
- Phil Hecken – Uni Watch
- Russ Gompers – Stitches New York
If you like uniforms don’t miss out on this one!
In the QBC Panels room at 4pm, immediately followed by the Jersey Parade in the main area at 5pm. The best will win prizes.
The Mets enjoy a prominent place in popular culture, from George Burns referencing the ‘69 Mets in Oh, God! to John Grisham’s fictional version of the ‘73 Mets in Calico Joe. David Krell will take a journey with you through the Mets’ appearances in popular culture to find out why everybody loves the Mets.
I’ll take Daniel Murphy for 200.
Watch adults and kids walk around while showing off their favorite baseball jerseys. Why? Because it is fun! Judge Paul Lukas from Uni Watch will be on-hand looking for something that catches his eye. You might win with a really obscure player, or maybe just a Mercury jersey will do it.
Mark Simon of ESPN New York takes us back through some of the most unusual victories the Mets ever had!
Styled on a classic dating game of yesteryear,where a lucky bachelor can win a date with one of the lovely The7Line Calendar girls. With your host….Darren Meenan from the7line!
Queens natives Lenny Melnick and Scott Engel host a Q & A about Fantasy Baseball and the Hot Stove as they get you ready for the 2014 baseball season.
We’ll have markers and cardboard for the kids (and adults) to make some banners, and we’ll have a quick Banner Parade through the QBC
The Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award will be presented annually by the QBC to a special figure in our team’s history whose memory will always warm our hearts, brighten our spirits and light our way.
Greg Prince, co-author of the blog Faith and Fear in Flushing and one of the organizers of the award program said, “With all due respect to the others who have held the job, when we think of ‘the manager of the Mets,’ our ideal remains Gil Hodges, both for who he was and what he did, and how that lives on for us as Mets fans.”
The goal of the award, according to Prince, is to keep Gil’s legacy aglow so even those who don’t remember him first-hand “understand what it means to have somebody like that set our team on its path and realize that all the best elements of sportsmanship and humanity can come together in a Mets uniform and a Mets clubhouse. Gil’s life reminds us that some things and some people transcend mere championships — though let’s not overlook the championship, still the signature achievement of this franchise.”
Gil Hodges (1924-1972) was a standout major league first baseman beloved by fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Mets, the latter of whom he led to the championship of the baseball world in 1969.
Queens Baseball Convention thanks the members of the Hodges family for their blessing of this award.
It’s the Annual Mazzy Awards. Here is a recap of last year’s ceremony where we honored Mets Player of the Year, Mets Executive of the Year, Fan of the Year and more!
You can vote for Mets Player of the Year below!
Other Things To Do
You love Mr. Moody Met on-line…drop by the gallery and check out some of the artwork in person!
Gone But Not Missed - Check out A R Kennedy’s latest novel, on-sale at the QBC!
Lillian Brannon wakes up on Valentine’s Day in an exact replica of her bedroom but the only item that she believes is authentic is her dog, Laude. She is held captive in her kidnapper’s basement apartment, summoned upstairs once a week for a chaste dinner. But will his kindness last, and more importantly, why isn’t anyone looking for her? Lillian’s story is interwoven with that of Nathan, a NYPD officer, who is intrigued by Lillian’s disappearance- how can a young woman be gone for two weeks before a Missing Person Report is filed? Local police believe Lillian has voluntarily abandoned a life she didn’t like. Lillian’s best friend convinces Nathan the authorities are wrong. With no jurisdiction, no resources, and no witnesses, he is compelled by the pictures of Lillian with her sweet smile and sparkling green eyes to obsessively take up the case. Armed with Lillian’s keys and personal information, he spends hours, then days in her home trying to find clues that will lead him to her.
The first thing a child learns about a baseball team is its name. This book celebrates America’s national pastime by helping children of all ages discover fun facts about Major League Baseball teams. Learn about their names, mascots, origins, and the cities they call home. Through the illustrations and details on each page, young sports fans will finally get the answer to the first question they ask about a baseball team:
Why do they call them that?
Come find John Linenblatt along the street side wall of McFadden’s all day at the QBC!
Brian Kong started his illustration career at Marvel Comics in 1994,working on popular characters such as the X-Men, Captain America & Fantastic Four. Brian produced over 25 custom comics for MLB & NBA franchises ( including the Mets , Yankees, Dodgers & Miami Heat ) that were used as promotional giveaways at stadiums & arenas across the US. He has continued to work on some of the hottest properties today including the Walking Dead, Marvel ,DC, Star Wars & MLB for the top card companies today. He has been regularly commissioned by The Topps Company since 2008 to illustrate art for their MLB , NFL & NBA card brands & their entertainment division , including Star Wars. He is currently working on Topps MLB ” Museum Collection” & ” Allen & Ginter ” brands for 2014 release. He co-produced & illustrated a children’s “How MLB teams got their names ” It educates children on all the MLB teams histories, mascots & stadiums.
All Day The Dunk Tank (Area C)
It’s your chance to dunk some of the most infamous folks from twitter
Noon Opening Ceremonies
The Opening Ceremonies. We’ll throw out the first pitch and open up the dunk tank, give you an overview of the day and get right to it!
1:00 Kids Trivia (Area B Trivia Area)
1:00 Kids Face Painting (Area C Children’s Area)
2:00 Kids Drawing Contest (Area C Children’s Area)
2:30 Egg Race (Area C Children’s Area)
Then after the event, McFadden’s will be hosting an after-party. Details on that to come!