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"Hey Dad, wanna have a catch?"

This email somehow slipped through the cracks. Stories like this make our group what it is. Thanks for sharing, Eric. - Darren


I have said it a couple times already in person and social media, but thank you for the outing on Saturday. It was my first time joining The 7 Line Army for an outing and more importantly I shared the experience with my 11 year old son and had an experience he will likely never forget.  To me that is the most important thing.  

My Dad was born on Long Island and actually grew up not far at all from your warehouse. My dad raised me and brothers right and turned us into Mets fans. Helped thicken our skin a bit with the years of heartache!  Not to be too cliche but baseball always linked us all together. All four of us are now spread across the country, but regularly text during games and its like being right next too each other. I almost think my strongest bond with my Dad and brothers revolve around the Mets and baseball and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
 
When my son was born I in a way, selfishly wanted to pass this along to him. I bought him his first Mets outfit and hat at birth and took him to his first Mets game up in DC when he was 4. I got us seats overlooking the Mets bullpen, front row, and Jaden actually knocked our sunblock down over the edge and Pedro Feliciano had to throw it back to us. Maybe that is how he blew out his arm! Jaden still remembers that memory.
 
When I was able to get tickets to Saturdays game to sit with you guys, my son was pumped.  I do my best to give him the best experiences possible as we all want the best for our kids. The day was about him. I wanted to hit up the pre-game with you all, he wanted to try and get autographs. So autographs it was. Didn't get many (Reed, Blevins, Smoker, Salas) but placed the ball on top of his stack when we got home. To be able to stand that close to his favorite players..... the boy was in awe, it was awesome! He really wanted Granderson as he patterned his own swing against his.....maybe next time.

The time we had at the game, is one for a lifetime. He told me when driving home that this was his favorite game he ever went to..... so what can I say... but thank you for helping. To help make my son that happy means the world. He wore his event shirt all day yesterday and wanted to wear it to school today. He didn't care how much he smelled of sweat, he was determined to wear it. I made sure it got washed for today!

Either way, as an introverted person I was a little overwhelmed when we took our seats I typically do not warm up to new people so quickly. My son is just like me in that sense.  But it only took about an inning for us both to feel right at home.  Everyone was very welcoming, extremely nice and we high-fived, hugged, chest bumped so many Mets fans it was awesome!

It may not seem like a whole lot to some, it may seem just another game, but the experience I can share for a lifetime with my son is absolutely priceless and I am truly grateful. As they said in Field of Dreams, the one constant in life has been baseball, and this is bond I will forever have with my dad, brothers and now my son.  I must admit I tear up like a girl each and every time Kevin Costner says "Hey Dad, wanna have a catch?"
 
So thank you again for adding to mine and my sons bond and memories. We can't wait for the next time we can join up with the 7-Line for a game.  My wife already starting yelling at us as we started yelling at the TV during the game yesterday "Two Strikes!" and we then she started cursing us when we were screaming "Struck Him Out"  She is just a damn Yankee fan....won't understand!

- Eric Lipshetz from Richmond, VA

OABT Ep 21

Ep 21: "The show must go on"

The boys had their second winless week of the season, but that doesn't stop the guys from breaking down the week in Mets land. Darren and Brian air their grievances, take some questions, and preview Saturday's outing. Plus Alex from CLEAR stops by with an insane deal for The 7 Line Army. Sign up for 3 months free here: clearme.com/enroll/p/7linearmy

The last crown count update until the Mets are back at .500, voice memos from some disgruntled Mets fans, T7LA outing number 67 preview, Facebook Live Q&A and more Mets talk. Grab a brew and strap in for another fun night on Orange and Blue Thing.

OABT is co-hosted by Darren Meenan and Brian Erni and we're a pretty visual show. Try to catch the live episode next week at 6pm on Facebook.com/The7Line. An "Orange and Blue Thing" is something that Mets fans can relate to, so that's what we talk about. The comments section turns in to a live chat room, and the fan engagement is super cool to see. Join us next week.  

We also post the audio after the live broadcast, so if you're more of a listener, check us out one iTunes. Subscribe to the podcast HERE and make sure to leave a review. 5 stars if you think we're worth it. 

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Tim Tifo

What's a tifo? Google says it's "A choreographed display in which fans in a sports stadium (especially at soccer games) raise a large banner together or simultaneously hold up signs that together form a large image." 

Dave Majowicz aka "Majo", a mechanic by day and an adult education art teacher by night has been creating his own tifo's for The 7 Line Army outings for a few years now. We've flown his masterpieces at dozens of games at Citi Field along with invasions to Atlanta, Colorado, San Diego and Milwaukee. 9 times out of 10 they're about the opponent or ballpark we're visiting. Bryce Harper with a pacifier was up there with one of the best on troll points alone.

Dave lives down in Toms River, NJ and considers the process his "therapy". They're all hand painted and usually only used once. He typically shows each one off during the pregame meet up (or tailgate party) and then it's flown and passed around at the actual game. That's amazing amount of dedication for such a short amount of viewing pleasure.

Last night Dave flew his most recent piece down in Lakewood New Jersey for visiting Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow who's currently playing for the Columbia Fireflies. While Tim may never make the big leagues, he's moving through the ranks and doing his thing. Tebow mania is real and if it's making people happy, that's all that really matters. 

We asked Dave a few Q's about the process and what transpired in to a once in a lifetime experience. 

So, how long did this piece take? You spend a ridiculous amount of time on each one. What was the size?

Majo: I actually (loosely) timed this one, it took a hair over 15 hours and is 8x12 in size. I have to give credit to my wife for helping out with the letters on it, wouldn't have finished it in time if she didn't help! 

Do you think Tebow makes it to the majors?

Majo: I truly hope he does make it to the bigs...it may not be with the Mets, although the state their in, his presence may be a good thing. I can see him one day making it... watching him during pregame workouts, he puts in 110% on everything he does. I'm sure he's giving it his all to make it, sometimes that's what it takes.

How'd you show it off?

Majo: We hung it in between each inning, and during his at bats. Actually got yelled at in the 7th to take it down, guess we left it up a little too long. Blueclaws rep said it was cool to be up in between innings, just not during.

So someone came to tell you that Tebow wanted to meet you? How'd that go down?

Majo: It was really cool, during the first inning, my buddy shouted out to Tim asking if he would sign it, and he gave a thumbs up. Guy kept his word. At the end of the game, the teams were cleaning up, and a Fireflies rep came running across the field right to us. He asked if I could bring the tifo down to the dugout, Tim wanted to sign it. They had to move me away from the dugout because the crowd forming got huge.... they brought me into this small room to meet him in.

What did he say?

Majo:  He came out and told me how blown away he was by it, that he has never seen anything like that for him before. He was totally surprised to find out that it's hand painted and just held out his hand and said, "wow, I have to shake your hand". It was a wild experience. I spent only a few minutes with him... the rest of the team had already left, so he had to get out of there pretty quick, but he was sure to talk, take pictures and sign it for me. I told him a small history of the tifo, how I make them and we fly them during The 7 Line outings...I showed him the patch on my jersey and he was like, "oh man that's awesome, I don't know if I've seen them before". I told him we're just the sea of orange die hard fans, then he realized he totally knew what it was.

Tailgate this Saturday

Mets haven't been winning lately, but luckily we're undefeated at tailgating. Get to the ballpark this Saturday 5/20 to hang before heading in for the game against the Angels. 

If you're new to the group you're highly encouraged to hit the tailgate party. DIVE RIGHT IN. Introduce yourself and get the camaraderie started before we even get to the seats. 

We'll get there around 3pm. (GAME IS AT 7:10), so try to be early to make sure you get in to secure a spot. The lot can fill up pretty quickly especially since this is a Saturday game with a promotional giveaway (David Wright Starting Lineup figurine).

We'll be set up at our normal spot just past the train station platform. The MTA "Southfield Lot" is located on Roosevelt Avenue just next to the steps to the 7 train. Great location with plenty of room. Check the below map if you're not in the know.

Our season ticket members will be rocking their 2017 jerseys. If you're joining us just for the day,  we ask that you wear orange. We know not everyone was willing or able to pick up the jersey separately, which is totally cool, just wear your favorite orange Mets gear. If you did want a jersey, we only have LARGE and XL left. Grab one here. 

We'll be filming some content for the "Orange and Blue Thing" podcast, so look for Darren and Brian if you'd like to take part.

Even if you're not sitting with us, you're welcome to come by. More the merrier, so tell your friends. You're encouraged to bring your own grills, drinks, snacks... but make sure you CLEAN UP after yourselves. Nobody likes a mooch, so please don't go rummaging through anyones coolers that don't belong to you. If you're feeling generous and you'd like to share, that's totally your call. Come prepared. 

Even if you're shy, try to say hi. We're all friendly. 

The game is at 7:10pm so prepare to head in around 6:15pm so we're settled in our seats in time for the and National Anthem. 

LET'S GO METS!

OABT Ep 20 w/ Paul Lo Duca

Paul Lo Duca joins us for a chat about the current Matt Harvey situation and takes a stroll down the Mets memory lane. Paul calls Matt out while also defending him against some of the bad press that's been coming out. This our 20th episode and a very special morning edition for the first time ever.

Mets just won the last 3 series against division rivals, Matt Harvey was suspended by the Mets, a big black dildo appeared in the locker room, crown count update, voice memos, T7LA outing number 66 preview, Facebook Live Q&A and more Mets talk.

OABT is co-hosted by Darren Meenan and Brian Erni and we're a pretty visual show. Try to catch the live episode next week at 6pm on Facebook.com/The7Line. An "Orange and Blue Thing" is something that Mets fans can relate to, so that's what we talk about. The comments section turns in to a live chat room, and the fan engagement is super cool to see. Join us next week.  

We also post the audio after the live broadcast, so if you're more of a listener, check us out one iTunes. Subscribe to the podcast HERE and make sure to leave a review. 5 stars if you think we're worth it. 

LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES: HERE

IF YOU DON'T HAVE iTUNES, LISTEN ON SOUNDCLOUD: HERE 

To be a part of the show, send us a question for a future episode. We'll answer pretty much anything. Shoot voice (or video) memos to our email: info@orangeandbluething.com 

Here's our latest episode. Give it a watch, like it if you do and share with your friends. LGM!