Let’s face it. It has been a dreadfully slow offseason for fans of the New York Mets. While division rivals like the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins have made a slew of moves to aide in improving their clubs, the Mets have failed to address any of the glaring holes on the depth chart. Outfielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer was signed to a two year/$21 million deal in November, but another outfielder was clearly the least of the team’s difficulties.
Regardless of the Mets’ recent performance, fans braved the frightful weather and trekked out to McFadden’s Bar at Citi Field for the second annual Queens Baseball Convention, organized by bloggers Shannon Shark and Keith Blacknick from metspolice.com and Darren Meenan, founder of The 7 Line clothing brand. The mid-winter gathering featured panels, Q&A sessions, vendors, contests and a massive collection of devoted Mets enthusiasts.
The event’s featured speakers were 1986 world champions and fan favorites Mookie Wilson and Wally Backman. Wilson kicked off the festivities with a panel led by Stephen Keane of kranepoolsociety.com. The former Mets centerfielder talked about his favorite teammates, his tenure with the Mets, and thoughts on the late Gary Carter. Backman, who was paired with Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, gave his take on the Mets’ minor league pitching and a potential managerial job in the Big Apple, something fans have been clamoring for since Terry Collins was appointed in 2011. Both players signed autographs for attendees later in the day.
Other panels on the program included The Greatest Discussion of Mets Uniforms of All Time (led by Paul Lukas of UniWatch.com), Which Number Should the Mets Retire, The State of the Mets, and many more.
Follow @QBConvention on Twitter for information regarding next year’s event.