Here’s an article on a group of guys that I was so wrong about, The 7 Line Army -
The largest — and maybe the loudest — fan community in baseball started with a frustrated T-shirt.
Near the end of the 2009 Major League Baseball season, Darren Meenan — who was bouncing around from job to job — created a T-shirt to wear to a New York Mets game as a way to communicate with other die-hard fans who had "survived" the Mets' disappointing string of seasons.
"I was at almost every game, and I decided to make myself a T-shirt that said 'I Survived' to show that I was still there to be a fan of the Mets, even when they were losing," said Meenan, who created the T-shirt in his parents' basement. "The fan base in 2010 got the word out, so I decided to do it as a business. I created a website and got started on social media."
Mack – I no longer remember the details, but I tangled online with the creator of this phenomena when he first created his first t-shirt and wanted some support from Mack’s Mets with it. My meds were way off back then and, coupled with my thin skin, I made a lot of enemies in the Mets blog community. Stupid me.
Rob Neyer had something to say about the Royals Hypocrisy -
The Royals don’t have any high ground here, moral or ethical. You know, because there was that time last spring when Kansas City relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera threw a fastball behind Brett Lawrie. One hundred miles an hour, that one:
Now, this came toward the end of a series against the A’s that had already featured some foolishness, including Kansas City starting pitcher Yordano Ventura getting tossed out (and later fined, but not suspended) for plunking Lawrie.
Chippiness has been sort of a running theme with the Royals, these last couple of seasons. I think they lead the great leagues in fines and suspensions.
Mack – Forget the first pitch thrown by Noah Syndergaard. He got his message across and the Royals had nine innings to make their point last night.
I don’t expect any retaliation here. It wasn’t that kind of a pitch in the first place and league officials will jump all over anything that empties the two benches.
A good story on Philly.com about the young, Mets pitchers –
Let's begin with the dread. The Mets' starting pitching - Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler (who missed the entire 2015 season after tearing a ligament in his elbow) - is young and terrific and cheap. None of them is going anywhere for a while, and that rotation has enough power, depth, and promise to dominate the Phillies and the rest of the league just as it did the Dodgers and Cubs in this year's postseason. With pitching like that, the Mets through free agency and trades can plug whatever holes might open in their lineup each year and still have enough offense to contend
Mack – I love the use of the word ‘dread’. LOL
Due to a recurring family illness, I was unable to watch or write about Game 4 of the World Series.