Journalists Suit Up for PITCH Talks: Mets

Sept. 17 event at Katch Brewery in Astoria will feature eight sportswriters spread across three panels.

Following the first New York Mets-focused PITCH Talks event at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square in late May, organizers jokingly proclaimed that the event had led to a “Newspaper-Blogger Peace Treaty.” So who knows what might come out of the second half of this 2015 double header?

The big difference is that Thursday’s PITCH Talks: Mets, featuring three separate panels, will take place in Queens, not Manhattan. Launched in Toronto two years ago, the event series brings together journalists and fans to discuss all things baseball:

We couldn’t stay away from New York for long! We are back and better than ever! Join us Thursday September 17th with Marc Carig (Newsday), Jeff Paternostro (Amazin’ Avenue), Anthony DiComo (MLB.com), Pete McCarthy (WOR Radio), Maggie Wiggin (Mets Blog), Greg Karam (Amazin Avenue), Toby Hyde (Sportsnet New York) and Ed Coleman (WFAN).

As Queens Tribune reporter Michael Stahl noted earlier this month, the Katch Brewery event marks the first time Jason Potere is on board as a PITCH Talks co-producer. The 36-year-old Long Island native attended the series’ first New York event this past January and it was he who suggested to founder Kevin Kennedy that it would be wise to split off future discussions into separate ones for Mets and Yankees fans:

Since Potere now lives in Astoria, minutes away by car from the Mets’ home of Citi Field, he considered Katch a perfect venue for the show. “In terms of the Queens demographic we hope to attract, the location made the most sense,” Potere says of the sports bar on Newtown Avenue just off 31st Street. “It has a huge backyard, which is where we’ll be.”