It's a busy time for The 7 Line.
“This whole season’s been incredible,” Darren Meenan smiled.
A clothing company for the fans by the fans.
“My whole thing since the beginning was work as hard as I can and let the fans decide how big we get and how fast it’s gonna grow," he explained. "Because that’s all we care about, Mets fans that’s it.”
Darren Meenan came up with the idea six years ago. But, his love of the game started much earlier.
“I’ve been a Mets fan since before I knew what baseball was," he remembered. "My grandfather ran the press gate at Shea Stadium so going to games just became a part of normal activities in going to see grandpa.”
Memories he hopes to pass along to his new daughter, Amelia.
“She has no choice and if she doesn’t like the Mets, she’s not allowed to cheer for anybody else, Mets or nothing you’re out!” Meenan laughed.
He's been making t-shirts since high school and in 2009, decided to create one at the end of yet another losing season.
“I was printing shirts out of my parents basement in Queens, made a funny one for myself and my friends saying I survived," he explained. "It was breakdown of disappointments form previous years, basically it said I survived but I'm still here, still a fan and people liked them so I decided to try it as a business."
The 7 Line grew quickly, but from day one, it was more than just an apparel company, it was an army.
“It’s absolutely a mini family, the majority of people I go to games with now, I didn’t know them before this started,” Meenan said. “The coolest part about it is the only common bond is that we love the Mets and that brought everyone together so it’s a community inside the community of baseball.”
Now an officially licensed MLB brand, the 7 Line sells its stuff inside Citi Field and ships to fans around the world. They sit together during games and even travel during the season. And the World Series will be no different.
"We worked it out, they were gracious enough to set aside the Big Apple Reserve, its 859 seats and it’s all face value," he explained. "So the way people got access was, if you were on our customer list prior, you got a special access code.”
Unfortunately, some people took advantage and are now selling the tickets for a profit on sites like Stubhub.
“To me it’s a like a little bit of a slap in the face,” Meenan said. "We try to organize this cool thing and they’re selling it to outsiders who don’t know what we are.”
Regardless, that's not going to stop him from having the time of his life this week.
“I have to pinch myself, it doesn’t really feel like it’s real,” he smiled. "Seeing four more wins and a World Series is something I’ve been waiting for my whole life.”
And if the Amazin's do take home the title?
“I’ll probably cry," he laughed. "I hope it’s home, I want to celebrate with the Army!”
Produced by: Kim Pestalozzi