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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

Jason Fry is a Brooklyn writer whose first memories include his mom leaping up and down cheering for Rusty Staub. Check out his other writing here.

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We Now Interrupt Your Winter

Over the past few days, arbitration has been avoided between the Mets and Ruben Tejada, Ike Davis and Eric Young, Jr., while instant replay rules have been expanded and adopted.

None of that is exactly insignificant, yet none of it is quite baseball in January, the month when winter drags on without apology. But fear not, faithful followers of the orange and blue: this Saturday comes The Winterlude.

The Queens Baseball Convention is going to break up your winter. It is designed to break up your winter. It is a full day of baseball talk, baseball thought, baseball camaraderie, baseball color, baseball fun, baseball games…

Well, not “baseball games” in the sense of the 162 Alex Rodriguez will be ineligible to play this season, but you know what I mean. There will be, as promised, baseball activities galore, all of them Metsian, all of them enhanced by your presence. And while you’re making QBC 14 even better by being on hand, your January will gain a necessary taste of June and July when it is fortified by QBC 14.

So for goodness sake, come on down this Saturday at noon!

Within the packed schedule of events (detailed here), Faith and Fear is proud to grab a few at-bats:

• You can catch Jason and me on the New Media panel convened by Gotham Baseball’s Mark Healey at 12:10.

• At 1:00, Jason shifts into moderator mode as he hosts Ron Darling of Ron Darling fame in a Q&A session.

• I’ll be delving into Mets history at 2:00, offering a sneak preview of The Happiest Recap: Second Base (1974-1986) along the way. (Copies of First Base: 1962-1973 will be available, too.)

• It will be my distinct honor to host the presentation of the first Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award at 6:15. We’ll be joined for the event by Gil Hodges, Jr., son of our beloved World Champion manager.

Plus, being Mets fans, Jason and I will be around all day taking in as much QBC as we can — and there is going to be a lot of QBC. We look forward to seeing you at McFadden’s this Saturday, when the calendar claims it’s January 18, but it figures to feel much warmer.

11 comments to We Now Interrupt Your Winter

  • Curious Fan

    You guys are both smart, funny, and creative. Big fan.
    But why do you link all news stories to a website/corporation that is none of the above?

    • We consider Adam Rubin our Mets beat reporter of record. Furthermore, we’re confident that ESPN news stories will still be there should someone wish to click on them from here years from now. Links we embedded to wire-service game stories in 2005 are still accessible there in 2014. Given the tumultuous state of journalism, digital and otherwise, we can’t say that about everybody.

      Thanks for both the question and the kind words.

  • Art Pesner

    Greg, looking forward to the event and hearing your thoughts on Mets history.

  • Kevin From Flushing

    I’d have to come up with a literally unbelievable excuse not to be there.

  • And apropos of something or other, the LIRR does NOT stop at “Mets-Willets Point” unless there’s a game on, so I’ll be arriving via the…wait for it… 7 LINE!

  • FL Met Fan Rich

    Have fun everyone. I will be down in sunny Port St. Lucie as Mets spring training tickets go on sale and they have their annual event!

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