2019 Rumble Ponies Baseball Brings Extra Excitement To BinghamtonPosted: Updated:
Binghamton, N.Y. - If you haven't heard yet, Thursday is Opening Day here in Binghamton. After five months and $5.2 million dollars later, NYSEG Stadium is ready to rumble. The Rumble Ponies return from their road-trip to host the Erie SeaWolves at 6:35 p.m. Thursday is the first of seventy home games and the first time fans will enjoy the newly upgraded and renovated NYSEG stadium.
"It's been a transformative off season" said Rumble Ponies Owner John Hughes. "It’s been the most complex off season we’ve had beyond the re brand, beyond the party deck beyond the batting cage. The entire stadium has been retouched."
The 2019 season adds another layer of excitement to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies era. This season, however, adds more excitement than any other season for various different reasons.
"You walk into Gate 1 and it's like a major league baseball experience" said Jim Maggiore, Founder of the Binghamton Baseball Booster Club.
"it used to be a lot of fun to come to the stadium but now it's even better because you feel a sense of pride in the stadium as a fan" said Kevin Healy, President of the Binghamton Baseball Booster Club.
3500 tickets have been sold for tomorrow's home opener. A lot of those ticket sales are purely from the love this town has for baseball, but a beautiful stadium to enjoy the game certainly enhances the experience. The stadium has brand new seats, a new video board, netting, a new infield and sound system.
"The blueness of the seats really strike you" said Maggiore. "It looks like a brand new stadium."
"The score board is just amazing and you can see it from blocks away."
However, not all the changes are cosmetic, one of the biggest changes is a new coaching staff.
"Luis Rojas is a fantastic guy and Pedro before him was great as well" said Hughes. "I mean it brings some new blood, a new lifeline to the organization."
Manager Kevin Boles, pitching coach Jonathan Hurst, hitting coach Tony Jaramillo, bench coach Ender Chavez and athletic trainer Kiyoshi Tada are all new to the Ponies staff.
"Boles is a feisty guy, manager of the year in the International League" said Maggiore. "He certainly has the credentials to commit to double-A. and shake things up a little bit said."
Also new in the Eastern-League, the split season schedule.
"We talked about that extensively in the off season. We couldn't come up with a better reason not to do it" said Hughes.
No matter what changes are made, Binghamtons love for baseball remains the same.
"This is a great sports town. You can sit back and come out for an evening and enjoy" said Maggiore.