NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The hot stove is about to get downright tropical in Flushing.
Mets-themed apparel brand The 7 Line is set for its third annual calendar release party Saturday night at McFadden’s Citi Field.
The 7 Line founder Darren Meenan said this year’s crop of calendar girls — only requirement: must be a Mets fan — was first narrowed down from 80 submissions to 31, a hat tip to Mike Piazza. Over 34,000 votes were then tallied to determine the final 12.
“After all our brand is ‘By the fans, for the fans,’ and we want them to decide who will grace their walls for the following season,” Meenan told CBSNewYork.com.
But who made the cover is a secret known only to Meenan. Not even the models have any idea.
“We like to keep that a surprise,” Meenan said.
He added that 2013 cover girl Chantalle Luberto will be on hand Saturday to unveil and pass the torch to this year’s top model.
“12 Months of Orange and Blue” was shot by photographer Bryan Dewitt at outdoor locations near Citi Field, including the Willets Point auto shops, the 7 train, the Citi Field home run apple and Flushing Meadows Corona Park. All the girls, of course, were wearing duds designed by The 7 Line.
“The calendars look great and I’m really excited to show them off,” Meenan said. “Met-fan girls are hands down the prettiest in baseball.”
The release party will start at 9 p.m. at McFadden’s, which also sponsored the calendar. There’s no cover charge and beers will be on the house for the first hour. Admission is limited to those 21 and over.
Meenan recommends showing up early as a line formed around the block in 2012: “Last year’s party was nuts and we expect this year to be much of the same.”
All 12 girls will be attending and signing calendars.
It’ll be the last get-together until The 7 Line Army’s planned outing on Opening Day.
“The Mets’ fan base is strong,” Meenan said. “We may not have the winning-est combo on the field, we do in the stands.”
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