The 7 Line was born from one simple t-shirt design.
Injuries had ravaged the 2009 Mets, and founder Darren Meenan had an idea for a shirt to wear to Citi Field for the season’s final week . That shirt read, “I Survived,” and referenced the failures of the previous three seasons. Fans at the stadium were intrigued by the design, so Meenan took to his basement and turned that one shirt into a full clothing line.
By the summer of 2010, the operation had moved from the basement to a warehouse in Jamaica, Queens. In the fall of 2014, The 7 Line took a trip down Jamaica Avenue and set up shop in New Hyde Park. And in the summer of 2017, the warehouse moved further east on Long Island to its current location in Hauppauge.
Just before the 2014 season, The 7 Line inked licensing deals with MLB and New Era Cap, which gave the brand ability to use official trademarks and player likenesses. Later that season, we opened a kiosk at Citi Field to sell merchandise during every home game. The kiosk is located just behind the Big Apple Reserve section, the same section the that hosts T7LA outings.
During the final home game of 2012, the first seeds of The 7 Line Army were planted. With R.A. Dickey aiming to capture his 20th win to cap off his eventual-Cy Young-winning campaign, 560 of us took to the Big Apple Reserve to cheer him and the guys on. Unknowingly, from that simple concept, we had created a movement.
In 2013, we took the group on the road for the first time, invading Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium. To date, we've hit 16 of the 30 MLB stadiums as a group, and the Army sits together at games at least once a month at home and on the road. Win or lose, we make our presence known and try to show the baseball world that the Mets boast one of the most fun, loyal, and energetic fan bases in the world. To join or read more about T7LA, CLICK HERE.