The 7 Line Army: Will Travel for Baseball
Despite growing up a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, I am now a New York Mets Fan. So much, that I travel the country to watch them play with The 7 Line Army.
We grew up about two hours outside of Philadelphia, where for most, the Philadelphia Phillies reign supreme. Once I started dating my now husband, a die-hard New York Mets fan, I found myself rooting for them more and more.
Then we moved 3,000 miles away…
California is a wonderful state for baseball. Year round average beautiful temperatures, the Padres, Dodgers, Angels, Giants, As. Fantastic! However, the New York only visit the Padres, Giants, and Dodgers once a year….and the Angels and As every 6 years! Plus we aren’t exactly close to San Francisco and Oakland. So watching on television is our most convenient option.
In my short time as a fan of this team, I’ve learned it is a labor of love. What I do love about attending games so far away from the home field, is that Mets fans really do find a sort of solace in each other.
Prior to a baseball trip to San Francisco, Matt discovered The 7 Line Army online. This group, founded and run by Darren Meenan, is a group of Mets fans who meet up at various games across the country. You can read more about them here.
This short trailer from their YouTube page gives a small insight into the passion that is The 7 Line Army. This trailer was part of their documentary produced by Sports Illustrated.
We have attended the following games as part of The 7 Line Army:
San Francisco: 2014- Our first experience with The 7 Line…
So as mentioned above we find out The 7 Line is coming to San Francisco in 2014 for the same series we are attending. What luck!
It was pretty awesome to cheer on our team, with hundreds of other fans, clear across the country…and America’s favorite TV Dad: Bob Saget!
Every 7 Line Outing….
Each outing is planned months in advance, by the group’s founder, Darren. He contacts the stadium and arranges the ticket purchase and seating. He also checks into any specials we may be able to get in the stadium with our tickets. In the past we’ve gotten food credits with our tickets.
The tickets sell out fairly quick. It’s then up to you then to arrange your travel and accommodations.
A few weeks before the game you receive your tickets in the mail along with a souvenir item such as a pin or patch, your t-shirt for the day, and information regarding gathering time pre-game. Usually these pre-game gatherings take place at a bar or outdoor location close to the stadium.
We like to arrive in each city a day or two early so we can be tourists, and attend the previous day’s game to check out the stadium. Depending on the time of the actual game we are there for, we may do some touristy things in the morning/early afternoon. We then head back to the hotel, get dressed and head to the gathering spot. We make sure to stop for food or drink along the way since usually the gathering spot is already packed.
I cry when I see everyone together because I’m emotional and that’s what I do. If we are meeting up with any friends we made during previous events, we will usually find each other there. At a specific time we are called out of the gathering spot and make our way to the field. Sometimes it is a mile or so, which is how impromptu parades happen. (see below)
8/22/2015 Mets at Colorado Rockies
Our first “official” outing with the 7 Line. First time in Colorado as well. It was truly a magical event. Seeing so many Mets fans together other than on the East Coast, pretty spectacular.
A great first outing with The 7 Line Army. The Mets won 14-9. Check out the game details here.
10/18/2015 NLCS Game 2 vs Chicago Cubs
This game happened to be the day AFTER my sister’s wedding. We planned to get up early and head to the city. YEAH RIGHT. We were dead to the world. But we made it to the game and sat with the 7 Line.
Mets won against the Chicago Cubs 4-1! You can see the stats on that game here.
We did end up scoring tickets for the 2015 World Series, but did not sit with The 7 Line.
5/7/2016 San Diego Takeover
When the team came to San Diego in 2016, we were THRILLED! Close to home! We were walking to the stadium from our pre-game gathering, which kind of turned into a parade?? Well, just watch here:
The excitement during this parade, the number of people both Mets fans and those on the streets in San Diego watching in wonder…. This was easily one of my best baseball moments.
This was also the game that Bartolo Colon hit his first ever HOME RUN! Thanks BIG SEXY!
Mets won this game as well. 6-3. Check out details on that game here. Our third outing as part of The 7 Line and third win!
We are now part of a Southern California Group of Mets Fans. Check out that post: Mets Fans in Southern California, Rejoice!
A month later we headed to Milwaukee. Another day another Mets fans parade in an opposing city. It was hot, we lost, but we had a great time. And on our way back to the Chicago airport, Matt found a store, no…a castle of cheese. So, mark that one off as a win.
Details for this game can be found here. Mets lost to the Brewers 7-4
7/8/2017 You can find me in St. Louie….
You’ve got to sing it like Nelly…
We stopped by the Friday night game as well. How gorgeous is this view?
We were joined by SNL Alum and avid Mets fan, Jim Bruer.
Mets lost to the Cardinals 4-1. Stats from that game can be found here.
7/29/17 Seattle Mariners
Our last outing with The 7 Line of 2017 took us to Seattle. We headed to the ballpark the night before the 7 Line outing and caught a pretty nice fireworks show.
As I said earlier, being a Mets fan is a labor of love. We were dealt another loss, 3-2. Details of that game can be found here.
6/16/2018 Arizona Diamondbacks
Our one and only outing for 2018. We were happy that their west coast trip for the year was in Arizona, just 5 hours away. We met up with friends and had a wonderful weekend.
Probably one of our favorite pre-game “parades”.
Another win! Mets beat the Diamondbacks 5-1, which just made for an even better weekend. Details on that game are available here.
The 7 Line schedule and our schedule didn’t match up this year. And that’s ok, with 5 players of our own as a Host Family for the Lake Elsinore Storm, we’re already crazy busy. We can’t wait for future seasons and more adventures. I’ll be sure to document those here to add to the collection.
Until then enjoy this shot of Jerry Seinfeld and Matthew Broderick in their 7 Line attire enjoying a hot dog and a beer at the ballpark.
Well…see ya in 2021….
Who’s your favorite team? Do you prefer home games, or do you travel to other fields to see them? Let us know!!!