FLUSHING - Anyone that has been to a Mets game over the past few years may have noticed a certain section of loud fans, all wearing the same shirts.
It's not a coincidence. It's actually Darren Meenan's dream come true.
Meenan, a Queens native, just wanted to fund his way to more baseball games by selling T-shirts he made in his parents' basement. His The "7 Line" apparel is now perhaps the most successful independent fan-run clothing company in pro-sports. Just last year, it became the only company to ink an in-stadium deal with a major league.
"Every time I walk up the steps, I pinch myself," says Meenan, who has his own kiosk inside Citi Field. "I've been a Mets fan my whole life, so to have a store selling my stuff, it's incredible."
Meenan's shirts have not only struck a chord with Mets fans, they have brought life to Citi Field. The "7 Line Army" packs the centerfield stands for every game, and even show up at some road games.
"[It's] pretty hard not to notice 1,000 people wearing all the same T-shirts jammed in a section," says Mets manager Terry Collins.
Meenan credits the die-hard fans of the New York Mets for his success.
"If it wasn't for the fans, there wouldn't be a 7 Line, wouldn't be an Army. The fans make it all happen," Meenan tells News 12.