The 7-Line Army is a group of New York Mets fans that pack an entire section of a stadium and cheer for the boys in blue and orange Sitting in the middle of hundreds of die-hard Mets fans is an experience like none other.
The 7-Line Army is a group of New York Mets fans, run by a New York Mets fan. Darren Meenan is the founder and owner of The 7-Line Army and The 7-Line, which is a clothing brand that makes Mets clothing and other products. When you purchase a ticket with the 7-Line Army you are given a shirt which is specifically made and designed for that outing. For home games, you are given a shirsey of the 7-Line and away games are shirts specifically designed for that city.
My first experience with The 7-Line Army was back in 2016 for the “Bronx Invasion” at Yankee Stadium, for the subway series. I was going with a few friends of mine and only one of them had ever sat with the Army so we were not too sure of what to expect.
We got there pretty early to tailgate with them as they do before every game. Unfortunately for us that day it was at a bar and we were underage at the time so we were unable to get in. One of the coolest things about the group though is the fact they let anybody come hang out before a game regardless if you are sitting with them that day or not.
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We decided to head into the stadium and go to the section where we would spend the game a little earlier than the group. We were one of the first people there and not too long after more people started to show up. Another one of the members came up to us and talked for a while about the Mets and the 7-Line and how great of an experience it was and how great everybody was.
Before we knew it the section filled up with the Army with everyone wearing their orange “Bronx Invasion” shirts. It didn’t take too long for the section to get electric and yelling loud enough for the entire stadium to hear us.
I vividly remember Jay Bruce (remember him?) hitting a go-ahead three-run home run late in the game and the entire section erupting. The section went nuts and starting chanting “Bruce there it is” for the entirety of him rounding the bases and even into the next at-bat of the game, it was truly electric. The Mets ended up holding onto the lead and eventually won the game.
Upon completion of the game, the entire group hung out in the concession area right at our section to celebrate and enjoy the win. We all gathered around to take a group picture which was pretty cool.
The next thing I knew, the man who was in charge, Darren, walks up to me and my friends asking if we had a good time as he stuck out his hand for a handshake. I thought this was really cool and thoughtful that he came up to us and wanted to make sure we enjoyed ourselves as I’m sure he didn’t recognize us as regulars.
Not much later the entire group headed down the ramp together chanting and cheering the entire way. The chants ranged from “Lets Go Mets!” to “We took New York!” to “Yankees Suck!” to “I believe the Mets just won!” to “Bronx invasion!” to even chanting “Whose house? Our house!”
It was easily the best experience I have been a part of at a Mets game.
The second and only other time I had sat with the group was an April 2017 game. My friends and I arrived early to tailgate and hang out with the group. We arrived at the parking lot where they hang out before games and everybody was very friendly and welcoming. We ended up taking a picture with the entire group which ended being in the 7-Line Army calendar for the year.
It was a poor weather day due to rain in the forecast and the temperature being a little chilly, but that didn’t stop the group from showing up. The Mets ended up losing the game, unfortunately, but that didn’t stop the group from enjoying the day. Everybody was still excited and cheering throughout the day and enjoying the game.
The Army didn’t let poor weather or the Mets losing ruin the game or day for them which says a lot, they just like to have a good time with each other and watch baseball.
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For anybody who has never sat with the 7-Line Army for a game or even hung out with them before one, I highly recommend it. It is one of the most fun times you can experience at a baseball game with a bunch of great and friendly people.