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7 Line Clothes Company Gets MLB Nod for Mets-Themed Threads

By Katie Honan | March 24, 2014 1:07pm
 The 7 Line — by the fans and for the fans — is now officially licensed by the MLB.
The 7 Line — by the fans and for the fans — is now officially licensed by the MLB.
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QUEENS — After starting with a single T-shirt that said "I Survived," the small company that hawks Mets apparel for and by fans is thriving, with a nod from Major League Baseball.

The owner of The 7 Line, Darren Meenan, announced on his website Friday that the small apparel company was now officially licensed by the MLB, just in time for Opening Day.

"While printing T-shirts in my parents basement back in 2010, I never imagined the brand would have enough steam to get to this level," Meenan wrote.

"It’s taken years of hard work and dedication, and I pinch myself daily that this is in fact a 'job.'"

The clothing will be sold at a kiosk this season at Citi Field, he said.

The Mets and MLB did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Meenan, a lifelong Mets fan, said he made his first shirt for himself during the last week of the 2009 season. The design spoke to the many Mets fans who suffered through many losses.

He received so much positive feedback about his shirt that simply read "I Survived" that he printed up more shirts.

Meenan expanded production the following summer, to a warehouse in Jamaica — and he's still 100 percent in charge of the operations and designs.

The clothing became a hit for fans, with clever shirts honoring the team's history, as well as recent triumphs — like Johan Santana's no-hitter. 

The 7 Line doesn't just make clothing — Meenan sponsors fan events both at Citi Field and at stadiums around the country, boosting pride in the team regardless of their record.

They have 14 trips planned this summer, up from four last year.

In January, the company helped sponsor the Queens Baseball Convention, which was a fan celebration held at McFadden's in Citi Field.