Sweet Spot With Mike Sugerman: At The Game With The 7 Line Army

June 28, 2019 - 5:00 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- As the Mets return home tonight to Citi Field, look for a group of fans in center field who are similarly dressed and show their passion on the sleeve of those jerseys.

In this week's Sweet Spot, Mike Sugerman invades the 7 Line Army, the Mets' unofficial fan club which is among the largest of its kind in baseball.

Among the fans are Andrew Indart and Amanda Romano. The two got engaged at the Grand Canyon last year and it made sense they were there... the Mets were playing in Arizona.

"The Mets are a heartache, but we kind of all go through it together, so it's a good support system," Romano said.

"Truth be told, I'm on one hour of sleep. I work midnight to eight. I went home, I slept for about an hour and came to the tailgate," Indart told Sugerman at a recent game. 

Named after the often raucous and rowdy subway line that brings fans to the game, the 7 Line Army started 10 years ago with Darren Meenan. 

"It was all by accident. This was not supposed to be a brand, it wasn't supposed to be anything besides a couple of funny T-shirts for my friends," Meenan said. 

He started printing shirts in his basement and the name and comradery they brought with them caught on.

Now, several times a year there is an entire section of Army members at Citi Field, and hundreds of die hards travel to enemy ballparks every year.

"Sometimes when I go to a game I want to root for every single pitch like it's life and death, and that's something that the 7 Line Army gives me," fan Pete McFadden said. "When I stand in the 7 Line section I can cheer along and everyone's watching. And they're baseball knowledgeable, good family."

Best friends, roommates, fiancés, husbands, wives and, yes, even children have come out of the 7 Line Army.

"I think it's awesome, it's probably similar to a soccer mentality," said Ben Chadwick, who is from London and worked his honeymoon around a Mets game.

So what's his wife think? 

"I don't know, she's in the hotel," Chadwick said.

She got the Caribbean in return for this detour to Citi Field.