Tebow-Mania Hits "Meet the Rumble Ponies" DinnerPosted: Updated:
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies held their 2nd annual 'Meet the Rumble Ponies Dinner,' Tuesday, inviting hundreds of fans to enjoy an evening with the players, including Tim Tebow.
Baseball fans lined inside and outside the doors of the Holiday Inn, eagerly awaiting their opportunity to meet the 2018 Rumble Ponies and receive an autographed baseball, before sitting down to eat with the team and its organizers.
For some diehard baseballers, they traveled miles away just to catch a glimpse of former NFL Quarterback and current Ponies' outfielder, Tim Tebow. Some as far away as New Hampshire decided to make the journey.
"It's exciting, it's fun. We traveled up here, we came from Red Hook down in Dutchess County," said Michael Hayes.
Hayes and his family is just one of many other families to make this trip to Binghamton. Talking with dozens of fans, a common interest seemed to pertain to the arrival of Tebow. And locals believe Tebow-Mania could help increase business in the local economy.
"Obviously, I love Tim Tebow coming to town, but I think it's going to be fun for the whole community and it's going to bring a lot of money to the area," said Vincent Gialanella, Rumble Ponies fan.
But like many stated at the annual dinner, Tebow is not the only thing going for the Ponies. Resizing a steady pitching staff, welcoming back returning players, and bringing up new members from (High-A) affiliate St. Lucie Mets; are just some of the reasons local fans are anxiously awaiting the first pitch of the inaugural 2018 Rumble Ponies season.
"I'm excited to see Tim Tebow and the other 24 players. I think they're going to be pretty good this year," said Mark Wilber, Binghamton.
"I want to win a Championship," said Matthew Loperena, age 9.
And if the dinner is any indication of Rumble Ponies' season attendance, the MLB Mets (™) affiliate could be seeing one heck of a turnout.