Generations of baseball enthusiasts stepped right up to meet Mets icon Ron Darling at the first-ever Queens Baseball Convention on Saturday afternoon at McFadden’s bar inside Citi Field. The inaugural gathering of hundreds of Mets fans, organized by a group of bloggers from fan advocacy website MetsPolice.com among others, was a grand slam in the eyes of Darling, fans and organizers alike. (See full article in our Queenswide, North and Eastern editions).
Memorabilia vendors and diehard Mets fans Andrew “Herm” Hermida, left, and his father Bob Hermida sold the duo’s custom-made buttons and drawings at the event.
Lifelong Mets fan and Fresh Meadows native David Hochhauser, left, and his son, second from left, joins his brother Howard Hochhauser, right, and his three sons at the Queens Baseball Convention at Citi Field.
Todd Silver of Bethpage, LI arrived at the gathering sporting a T-shirt of former Mets superstar shortstop Jose Reyes with Hebrew lettering.
Peter McNally and his son Michael of Howard Beach had a blast getting Ron Darling’s autograph and checking out the Mets memorabilia on display. Peter’s jersey sends a message.
Bill Tousius of Flushing is enthusiastic about last month’s free-agent acquisition of former Tigers and Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson.
Legendary Mets pitcher Ron Darling autographs a book for a youngster during a signing session at the Queens Baseball Convention. Darling signed items such as bobbleheads, jerseys and posters for about an hour for dozens of eager fans of all ages on Saturday. The 1986 World Series champion said he would attend every such convention in the future.