Dec. 11, 2015 By Michael Florio
Mets fans in Astoria can survive the offseason by gathering to discuss their favorite team next month.
HomeStand New York, a company that organizes sport fan gatherings, will host Pitch Talks: Mets at Raven’s Head Public House (38-04 Broadway) on Jan. 13.
The event will bring Mets fans together and give them the opportunity to talk about their favorite baseball team and hear stories from those who cover the team, according to Jason Potere of HomeStand.
Mets beat writers Marc Carig from Newsday and Anthony DiComo from MLB.com will have a panel at the event. Pete McCarthy from WOR radio, who broadcasts Mets games, will moderate the event.
SNY’s Mostly Mets Podcast with Matt Cerrone and Toby Hyde will also record live. Another panel is in the works, Potere said.
This is the second event the company has hosted in Astoria. It previously hosted a Mets event in September at Katch. Carig and DiComo also attended this event.
“Those two were great in September and we are really happy to have them back,” Potere said.
Potere said roughly 75 people attended that event and he hopes to exceed that number in January. The event at Raven’s Head can hold up to 100 people, including standing room only tickets, according to Potere.
He is hopeful that the Mets World Series run and recent player acquisitions will have Mets fans excited for the event.
“There is a lot of excitement around this team after the playoff run and picking up some new players this week,” Potere said. “Fans will be starving for baseball come January.”
Raven’s Head manager April Spinelli is hoping the same.
“The bar was very busy for the World Series,” she said. “We are excited to keep that going.”
Potere, who lives in Astoria, said he picked Raven’s Head because the bar is in Queens, home of the Mets. He said he was looking for a sports bar that has the space for the event and Raven’s Head met those requirements.
Spinelli said the bar will offer $4 dollar select draft beers, as well as a deal on Coors Light pitchers. Other specials are still in the works.
Coors Light is sponsoring the event and will have a giveaway for those in attendance, according to Spinelli.
Tickets costs $25 and can be purchased online here. Readers can enter promo code AstoriaPost for $5 off.
HomeStand was founded two years ago in Toronto, Canada, with a focus on the Toronto Blue Jays and different Hockey teams. It has since branched out and is now looking to host three or four Mets events in New York every year, according to Potere.
They also host Puck Talk events for the New York Islanders.
“Perhaps after that we will expand and host events for the Knicks, Jets or Giants,” Potere said.