By now you’ve read all about the Queens Baseball Convention (QBC) this past Saturday. Hopefully you’ve read Greg Prince’ great account of the day’s events and also The Mets Police for great pictures of all the festivities on what was a great day for Mets fans. I can’t think of another fan base in this town that could have embraced an event like this, a fan fest for fans by fans and made the day the success it was, Mets fans are the best.
For me the highlight of the day of course was sitting down with Ed Kranepool for a Q and A session. Ed Marcus and I were very excited about this meeting and as much fun as the actual Q and A was, sitting with Kranepool in a back room at McFaddens was even better.
At one point during the day I sat back and thought about how I grew up a Mets fan since 1964, my favorite player being Ed Kranepool and here I am almost fifty years later not just interviewing him but hanging out with him and exchanging numbers and having a great time.
At one point in our back room conversation, Kranepool said to us “Hey this is great, Artie just texted me, he should be here sometime in the next couple of hours. That’s great” Artie? I say. Kranepool looks at me like I forgot the name of a long lost hang out buddy, “Com’on you know Artie, Artie Shamsky” he told me, and gave me a look like “you of all people should know who Artie is”
We spoke a lot about baseball in the 1960’s and 70’s and also about the current state of Mets baseball. I’d love to share those stories but what’s said in the back room of McFaddens stays in the back room of McFaddens.
Seems to me the best first baseman the Mets have coming into camp is Wilmer Flores. That said, the job is Ike Davis’ to lose and the odd man out should be Lucas Duda.
The John Lannan signing could pay some very nice dividends. Lannan has missed most of the last two seasons with leg injuries so the Mets are banking that the lefty will have a bounce back season now that he’s healthy. The deal is a minor league deal so Lannan should be an early arrival to St. Lonesome to show the club that his deal should be upgraded to a major league deal and he is the answer to the 5th starter spot.
Okay, I’m officially sick of hearing about Stephen Drew either make him an offer or lose his number.
WOR 710 Radio is not starting on the right foot with Mets fans. How the hell could they even think of replacing Howie Rose? Rose IS the voice of the Mets even Mets ownership knows this much, so I would hope that they put their foot down to explain to the suits at Clear Channel, owner of WOR, that “where we go, Howie comes with us. I don’t get what the holdup is with giving Josh Lewin a new long term deal as well, Lewin and Rose have a solid chemistry and are both great to listen to. Add in the fact that Mets fans, the folks listening to the broadcast and patronize the sponsors, love Josh and Howie. I know WOR 710 is new to dealing with Mets fans so a word to the wise, don’t piss us off, you will regret it.
As for Ed Coleman, he’s a nice man who is well liked around Citi Field but the next story he breaks will be his first. He’s still employed by WFAN and will be the stations Mets reporters so no need to shed a tear for him, besides there is a rumor that Cliff Floyd could be joining the Mets radio team. Stay tuned.