"Hey Darren, When I left my house in PA at 8AM I didn't know what to expect (except traffic). This was going to be my 1st game ever at Citi Field. I can still feel the excitement from the game Thursday! All my memories of the Mets are of Shea Stadium. As I sat there with The 7 Line Army it felt like I was back at Shea. Here was a group of people I didn't know, but we came together like we were friends for years. Our sections were awesome! Cow Bell Man was with us the whole game! I remember seeing him and hearing him a little at Shea. The signs and chants from our sections were great! The guys were really giving it to the Pirates bullpen and outfielders! That's what home field is all about! The thunder sticks and K corner were awesome! It was also great to see The 7 Line Army acknowledged on the scoreboard during and after the game. It was good to see even Mr. Met come over and show The 7 Line some love! As well as KB and some of the other Mets brass. People can say it was a meaningless game. As far as I'm concerned, it never felt like that for one minute! I think The 7 Line has brought the "home" feel and the energy to Citi Field. I'm looking forward to even more in the coming seasons! People who aren't Mets fan will never understand why we love this team the way we do, but that's alright, we do! I can remember leaving Shea after a game and heading down the ramps (I was really missing those ramps when I left Thursday night and headed down flights of stairs!) listening to the happy recap by the fans, or hearing the "Yankees suck" chants if the Mets lost. When I got outside there was usually a guy playing an instrument for money, and there always seemed to be a few guys selling t-shirts from a cardboard box or shopping cart. It seemed like a good idea, but it never seemed to be very fan friendly. No offense if you know or knew any of those guys. That's what I appreciate about you and The 7 Line. You are all about the fans. I could see that all day Thursday. It wasn't about Darren and The 7 Line, it was all about The 7 Line Army supporting R A Dickey and the New York Mets, our team and our ace pitcher! Darren, I want to thank you not only for a great day, but for a great memory. I was able to take a day and enjoy my team, my city, my fellow die hards and I got to see R. A. Dickey make some history! It was great to meet you and get to shake your hand and thank you! It was great to be with my fellow Mets fans instead of being outnumbered at Citizens Bank Park with my 7 Line shirt watching the Mets play the Phillies! After I read your blog this morning it made me think of this quote, “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss I can't wait for Opening Day next season! You can also reserve a copy of your book "Loyal" for me when it's ready! I wish you and The 7 Line continued success and I can't wait to see what the future holds! A loyal 7 Line soldier in enemy territory in PA, ~Ray HoyeI can't believe that was your FIRST experience at Citi Field! Thank you so much for coming Ray! I'm so happy you had a great time and were a part of that with all of us. See you opening day! LGM!
Athletics is an industry that oozes machismo, so it's understandable that some aren't eager to talk about mental health. But former Mets prospect Robert Whalen thinks its time to end the stigma.