This season, the New York Mets are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

As many Mets fans and bloggers know, next week there will be a Mets conference at Hofstra University.

The conference will include a celebration of the franchise's history over the past 50 years, one of the largest Mets-related conferences perhaps ever.

Dedicated to the memory of Hofstra professor and Mets blogger Dana Brand, gone far too soon last year at the age of 56, the conference aims to celebrate the rich, memorable culture of Mets history.

Many panelists and scholars are expected to attend, as well as former Mets players, journalists, broadcasters, writers, bloggers, artists, filmmakers, collectors, and of course, fans.

The conference will be held next Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28, and by all accounts looks like it's going to be a fun time for any Mets fan who chooses to attend.

Regrettably, I myself will be unable to attend this conference, but I know many Mets bloggers will be there, and I'm sure they'll do a great job covering it and bringing that atmosphere to all of us.

With so many Mets-related people at the conference, it got me thinking about one major Mets employee who's not expected to attend: principal owner Fred Wilpon.

There are a lot of reasons for Mr. Wilpon to skip the event. By and large, it's a celebration for fans, organized by fans.

It's not as if Sandy Alderson will make an appearance, either. Terry Collins won't be at Hofstra, as the Mets will be playing on all three days of the conference.

However, I believe Mr. Wilpon has an opportunity to create some goodwill with the fans, perhaps.

If he were to show up at the conference, say a few words and show some appreciation for the loyal fans who bleed for this team, through thick and thin, I really think that could go a long way.

No doubt, the relationship between the Wilpon family and the Mets fan base is strained, most notably because of the Madoff trials and financial instability the franchise is going through at the moment. 

However you, or I, or anybody else feels about the Wilpon family ownership is irrelevant at this point.

It appears that the Wilpons are here to stay. As fans, we have to accept that. Nothing's going to change that any time soon.

The reason I posed this post as a question is because I really do not know the answer. I'd love to get your feedback.

Should Fred Wilpon make a brief appearance at Hofstra next week at the Mets 50th Anniversary Conference?

Would his presence have any positive effect on those in attendance, much less the millions of Mets fans around the world?

Or should he lay low, like he's been doing, and leave the fans to celebrate in peace? Would an appearance damper any of the mood there if he did show up?

At the end of the day, it's unlikely that Mr. Wilpon will show up. But it's interesting to think about what would happen if he did.


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