Rumble Ponies Express Different Expectations For All-Star GamePosted: Updated:
Binghamton, N.Y. - Five Rumble Ponies will be playing in the Eastern League All-Star game on Wednesday, July 11th. However, the festivities will start Tuesday, July 10th. Infielder Levi Michael, outfielder Tim Tebow, reliever Daniel Zamora, reliever David Roseboom and catcher Patrick Mazeika have all made the All-Star roster. Pitcher Nabil Crismatt was originally going to be playing in the All-Star game but was promoted to triple-A Las Vegas last week. Therefore, Roseboom took the twenty-three year old's place.
Levi Michael and Tim Tebow made the roster for the first time in their minor league career. On the other hand, the three other players will be making an All-Star appearance for the second time of their career. Roseboom was a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2015 while Mazeika represented the St. Lucie Mets at the Florida State League All-Star game last year. Zamora will enjoy his second straight All-Star selection after playing in the Florida State League All-Star game last year.
However, each player, including manager Luis Rojas has different outlooks and expectations heading into the All-Star game. While some view it as an extraordinary honor, others view it as just another game.
"It's a great honor and it's a privilege and something I look forward to, but not necessary something I focus on because honors are great but they can come and go" said Tim Tebow.
"I think it's a great honor because this games hard and coming back after twelve years and being able to improve at the game, but at the same time there's a long way for me to go" said Tebow.
"It's a good honor, there's a lot of great players that have been named all-stars and I'm really excited for the experience in Trenton." said Patrick Mazeika.
I think we're gonna have a lot of fun down there with Tim and Zamora and Levi, we got a great group going down there" said Mazeika.
"I played six years in the minors and never played in an All-Star game, so if I played in one I would probably mention it a couple of times" said manager Luis Rojas.
"It's a big task, it's something you earn for the work that you put in" said Rojas.
" It's definitely cool, it's a pretty big deal, but there's a bigger goal at the end, we're not trying to become double-A all stars we're trying to become big league baseball players, so it's a cool honor and I'm very proud to be be apart of this all star game but we also have bigger goals than that" said Daniel Zamora.
The All-Star classic starts tomorrow in Trenton, New Jersey. The gates open at 4:30 p.m.