Reporting John Montone
DOUGLASTON, N.Y. (1010 WINS) – It’s not difficult to figure out that Darren Meenan is a New York Mets fan.
1010 WINS’ John Montone reports: The Shirts Are A Big Hit At Citi Field
The 30-year-old, from Douglaston, has a tattoo sleeve of Shea Stadium, Mr. Met and the homerun apple on his right arm. For Meenan, being a Mets fan is not only a way of life it’s his way of making a living.
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He has been printing Mets-themed t-shirts for fellow die-hard fans since launching his own company, The 7 Line, on the last home game of the 2009 season.
The shirts speak to the devotion and the frustration of Mets fans with messages including “I Miss Shea,” “I Like Ike,” “Do Me Wright” and, of course, “Stop Losing.”
The line’s best-seller says: Don’t Trade Reyes.
“The other day when he had a great hit I actually stood up on my chair, turned around and was showing the whole stadium my shirt,” Meenan said. “People were cheering me on and clapping and going crazy.”
Meenan posts images of the t-shirt designs online to get opinions from the fans before setting off to Jamaica where he personally makes each shirt.
The mission statement of his company is “for the fans, by the fans” and customers are without a doubt getting the real thing from The 7 Line.
“Both my grandfathers worked at the stadium growing up and I pretty much had no choice but to be born into this mess,” Meenan said.
If you feel the same way — there’s a shirt for that.
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