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Binghamton Mets Baseball: A Good Ballpark Experience



By Mike Silva ~ June 3rd, 2011. Filed under: Mets Minors.

Earlier this week I spent a couple of days in Binghamton to watch the B-Mets take on the Erie SeaWolves. The two teams played in a doubleheader, and while I watched the few prospects that stood out on the B-Mets- Reese Havens, Josh Satin, Robert Carson- I did take in the positive ballpark experience at NYSEG Stadium.

This year is the twentieth anniversary of the affiliation between Binghamton and the Mets. Just like with Buffalo, this Upstate New York community has a baseball history that goes back to 1877. They were a Yankees affiliate from 1932 to 1968. There is actually a plaque dedicated to Whitey Ford in the concourse. In 1992, baseball returned to Binghamton as they began an affiliation with the Mets.

The B-Mets were a hot draw off the bat drawing over 259,000 fans in 1992. Fans were treated to some great baseball as the Mets won two Eastern League titles in their first three years of existence. Some of the names on those championship teams include future big leaguers like Edgardo Alfonzo, Bobby Jones, Bill Pulsipher, and Jason Isringhausen. Pulsipher actually pitched a no hitter during Game 2 of the Championship Series in 1994. The first regular season no-hitter happened nine years later when Bob Keppel tossed one against the Portland Sea Dogs.

The city of Binghamton has recently encountered some hard economic times. That, coupled with a lack of talent supplied by the big league club, as led to the B-Mets falling to last in attendance in the Eastern League in 2010. Despite that, I think baseball fans might want to catch a game at NYSEG Stadium this summer.

Some of the best experiences I had as a kid were trips with my family to minor league parks. I vividly remember catching games in Rochester, Pawtucket, Scranton, and Norfolk. With the prices high at both New York stadiums, it might not be a bad idea to plan a baseball road trip north this summer. Not only can you catch the B-Mets, but the Scranton Yankees are just an hour away.

NYSEG Stadium doesn’t have many modern amenities – they installed a new video screen above the scoreboard in 2007- but it makes it up with old school charm. Railroad tracks are just beyond the outfield wall, and you probably will see a locomotive pass through at some point during the ballgame. The bullpens are down the line, and are easily accessible to fans who want to get close to the pitchers warming up. There are plaques decided to Binghamton legends as well. I get the feel that I am watching baseball at its purest form. You feel transported back in time to the fifties or sixties, but in a good way.

The team also has some creative promotions this year. There is Markdown Monday, with select prices from 1992 on tickets and concessions. Two for Tuesday, where you can get two beers or soda for the price of one, and the Wednesday Triple Play where fans can buy a ticket, a hot dog and a Coke for only $6. Of course, there are various fireworks nights and even promotions geared towards seniors. When I went to Tuesday’s Doubleheader I bought a pretzel, bottle of water, and cup of fries for just $10 bucks, or $9 dollars less than it costs to park at Citi Field. The kids can also enjoy Bingo the Bee, a friendly mascot that does a dance after a home run.

I also think the play on the field will improve. Top prospect Matt Harvey should join Juerys Familia to make for a pretty good 1-2 in the starting rotation. Current second basemen Reese Havens could be joined by St. Lucie outfielder Matt den Dekker.  And of course Wally Backman is the skipper.

To get you in the mood I will leave you with this video shown before every home game that highlights twenty years of B-Mets baseball.

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1 Response to Binghamton Mets Baseball: A Good Ballpark Experience

  1. Jason

    Not a good week to visit the BMets. It was a swat fest! Syracuse has a great system too. You forgot to mention the collegiate ball we have in Copperstown, Utica & Oneonta. Tons of ball to be had here in CNY.

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