Temperatures are running hot, and emotions are boiling over, especially as other teams around the league jump into the fray on mega trades and begin to lock down key free agents. Would I love for the payroll to rise and more superstars to land in Queens? Absolutely. Sadly, some things are just out of our control, and I understand why Carig would challenge for some answers.
We clearly have some major holes to fill, and the 2018 season will be here before you know it. There is still time for Sandy to make some moves. Let's hope he does more of that, and less of his comic relief with reporters.
In the last week, people have been hitting up our social media and either asking us to join a boycott, or asking about the brand's relationship with the team.
Here's what I can say:
We're a group that's devoted to the Mets, and that's not going to change. Call it blind devotion if you will. That's sports fandom in general.
We're not Mets employees. The 7 Line is an independent MLB licensee, just like any other brand you can find with MLB logos on it. We focus on one team specifically, and yes, the team has been very welcoming to us by offering a spot for retail at Citi Field, as well as working with us on our ticket package in the Big Apple Reserve.
It doesn't benefit anyone for the Mets to be mediocre. We want them to win just as badly as everyone else. I've been a fan my entire life, and after starting T7L in 2009, I never imagined that it would turn in to what it has. I've never changed who I am: a die hard fan who wants a title in Queens.
If fans want to boycott, they don't need our permission. Not once have I claimed to be the "voice of Mets fans." No one should tell you how to spend your time and/or money. I love watching Mets baseball and traveling to road ballparks with my friends. That's what T7L is all about. It's my goal to make kick ass Mets gear and put together really fun events that ultimately brings fans together. While I understand the reasoning behind the thought of a boycott, I'm not going to punish myself or the members of T7LA by joining in.
Everyone is entitled to their own experiences, and Mets fans should do what they feel is right for them. For The 7 Line, that's going to games, cheering on our players, and trying to make the Mets fan experience as positive and fun as possible.
Let me be clear: If you have Twitter and don't retweet #CalliesMetsProm, you suck.
For baseball fans, the gap from November to the end of February can feel like an eternity. But this past Saturday, the Queens Baseball Convention (QBC) at Katch in Astoria took the edge off for Mets die-hards.