Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The B-Mets took the bus for Akron Wednesday afternoon, traveling to start a seven-game road trip to kick off their season. On that bus are a few guys with familiar names to baseball fans.
Francisco Peña, the son of former major leaguer and now New York Yankees bench coach Tony Peña, is in his second season here in Binghamton. Meanwhile, Cory Vaughn, the son of former MLB All-Star Greg Vaughn, is starting his first season with the B-Mets, after spending last year in St. Lucie.
With the experience of being around major league baseball for most of their lives, they both say their father's helped teach them what to expect in their professional careers.
"He's helped a lot, ever since high school when he got to see me play," said Vaughn. "Just being around the clubhouses in the big leagues when I was younger, so I really got to see how the veterans go about their business and stuff like that. I learned from an early age what it really takes, and what you need to succeed."
"The only thing he tells me, for sure he always tells me, just go out there and have some fun," said Peña. "If you have fun there you'll be alright, and don't put pressure on yourself. Just go out and enjoy the game, it's just a game."
The B-Mets kick off the season Thursday in Akron. The team doesn't return home for their first game at NYSEG Stadium until a week from Thursday.