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The Queens Baseball Convention Warmed Up a Frigid January Day

By Danny Abriano

Yesterday at McFadden’s Citi Field, Mets fans (led by Shannon from Mets Police and Darren from The 7 Line) staged a fan fest of sorts in the shadow of the ballpark the Mets call home.

Sep 15, 2013; New York, NY, USA; A general view of game action between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

For nearly a decade, there’s been a hole where the Mets’ offseason caravan used to be.

That hole was filled yesterday when the first annual Queens Baseball Convention kicked off, bringing along with it hundreds of fans, exhibits and panels that brought a taste of baseball to a cold winter day.

There were Mets VIP’s in attendance such as Ron Darling, Ed Kranepool, Art Shamsky, and Gil Hodges, Jr.  There were fantastic stories relayed by Mets legends like Darling, who spoke of a time when he changed his uniform number simply to get on the case of Mets public relations extraordinaire Jay Horwitz.

When dignitaries weren’t filling the space with stories of Mets seasons gone by, attendees were engaging with each-other, telling tales of how their fandom started, what kept them interested, and what they thought lied ahead in 2014.

Mets fans are a loyal bunch, and the first annual Queens Baseball Convention served as a place where those fans were able to converge and bond over what unites them – love for the team from Queens that wears orange and blue.

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