BY LUIS GRONDA
Thousands of baseball fanatics will flock to McFadden’s this weekend for a convention centered on America’s pastime.
The first-ever Queens Baseball convention will take place this Saturday at McFadden’s Citi Field, the bar and restaurant located adjacent to the home of the New York Mets.
Starting at noon and ongoing for most of the day, the QBC will feature a number of events and panels for the Queens baseball fan.
The highlight of the convention is a question and answer session with two Mets legends: Ron Darling and Ed Kranepool. The two will take on all inquiries from fans for about one hour and then sign autographs after that finishes for an additional hour.
The Darling Q & A will begin at 1 p.m. and the autographs at 2 p.m. The Kranepool Q & A session starts at 3 p.m. and he will sign autographs at 4 p.m.
Other events at the convention include “The New Media” panel discussion, a presentation on the most unusual victories in Mets history and a panel on Fantasy Baseball for the upcoming season.
The New Media panel brings together writers from various Mets blogs to discuss baseball in Queens. It includes Matt Cerrone from MetsBlog, Greg Prince and Jason Fry from Faith and Fear in Flushing and Ed Ryan from MetsFever.com.
Mark Simon from ESPN New York will host the presentation on all the unusual victories throughout the Mets’ 52-year-history.
Fantasy Baseball experts and Queens natives, Larry Melnick and Scott Engel, will host a Q & A to get fans prepared for the upcoming fake baseball season.
You can buy tickets for the convention at queensbaseballconvention.com. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.
Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.