On of my favorite baseball experiences was sitting with the 7 Line at Nationals Park, watching the Mets play their division rivals. It is unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. There’s a sense of immediate comradery with the person sitting next to you, there’s an innate understanding of what this team means to one another. It’s breath-taking. Plus, we all go to yell at Jayson Werth together and that’s what this is really all about.
Started in 2009, after injuries ravaged the Mets, 7 Line founder Darren Meenan came up with the idea for a shirt that read “I Survived.”
“By the summer of 2010,” the 7 Line’s website states, “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.”
Since their humble beginning, the 7 Line has inked deals with New Era, and even has their own kiosk within Citi Field, right behind the Big Apple Reserve, where the 7 Line sits. Aside from Citi Field, the 7 Line Army has made the jaunt to more than half of the 30 MLB ballparks, even witnessing some incredible historic events. Like this one from 2016:
“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.” Big facts.
And now, they’re helping New Yorkers during this time of need.
After raising around $20,000 dollars after Hurricane Sandy, the 7 Line is back at it again, raising money for those hit hardest during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
“Like much of the world, New Yorkers are going through a battle right now, and the war against Covid-19 has put life as we knew it to a halt. There is no way to tell when this fight will end, or when the new “normal” will begin. One thing is for sure though, New Yorkers are strong, New Yorkers are tough, and New Yorkers have each other’s backs when their neighbors are up against the ropes.
The shirts go for $30, and if you can, you should consider picking one up. City Harvest is “New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables.” A great organization that could greatly use some support as more and more Americans are turning to food banks, especially in the hard-hit New York Metro area. Long Island Cares, based in Hauppauge where the 7 Line has its headquarters, is a Long Island-based food bank, serving the greater Long Island area.
We’re all working hard to get through this difficult time, and we understand that not all of us are in a position to give at this moment. But if you are able, consider copping one of these beauties today!
Thanks for stepping up to the plate, 7 Line! I’m glad to be a part of such an insanely strong-willed and big-hearted army. #LFGM
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