Baseball may be out of season, but Queens residents can still enjoy the game this winter, thanks to a trio of die-hard Mets fans.
Shannon “Shark” Prior and Keith Blacknick, the pair behind blog site Metspolice.com, have teamed up with Darren Meenan of The 7 Line clothing brand to bring the first ever Queens Baseball Convention (QBC) to McFadden’s bar in Citi Field on January 18.
The event is a fan fest for Mets fans of all ages to enjoy and meet team legends, including Ron Darling, who was on the 1986 World Series team, and Ed Kranepool, who was on 1969 championship squad.
“Even if I wasn’t involved in it I was going to be there,” Meenan said. “It’s something that will bring fans together, whether you’re a young kid or someone who just likes jerseys. There’s something for everybody.”
The idea came together after Blacknick and Prior considered how fun it would be for the Mets to have a fan fest, much like numerous teams around the league.
The pair contacted Meenan, who has a record of bringing Mets fans together, for designs and the marketing aspect of the event. Then they started to create fun events for the QBC and advertising it.
They expect to have many events there, including a baseball jersey parade, a children’s drawing contest, a panel discussion about the Mets, a banner parade, and an award ceremony for Mets players, among others. Kranepool and Darling will also hold autograph sessions.
The QBC trio is still adding more events and planning for more appearances, but aren’t saying what just yet. The Mets have not signed on to the event as of the writing of this article, but Prior said they are in discussions with the organization.
“Right now I just want to do the first year,” Prior said. “I am hopeful that this becomes an annual event that everyone can enjoy.”
Prices for the QBC are $35 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. It will run from about noon to 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets visit click here.