1986 World Series Champion Kevin Mitchell visits the Rumble Ponies, Binghamton wins in walk-off
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WBNG) - Former New York Mets player and member of the 1986 World Series winning team Kevin Mitchell stopped by Mirabito Stadium today as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies beat Akron 5-4 in extra innings.
Mitchell, told stories about his playing career, including his time with the Mets and the 1989 season when he won the National League MVP with the San Francisco Giants.
“It was a joy just going to the ballpark everyday playing for the New York Mets. Especially being around the guys that I learned how to play baseball from. Keith Hernandez, Daryl Strawberry, Gary Carter, rest in peace. Just was a thankful thing. I think if I never played there I wouldn’t be the ball player I ended up being,” said Mitchell.
“Willie Mays always told me, he said, don’t let Will Clark beat you into nothing. He said if he hits a single, you hit a double, so I competed against Will. A lot of players should try to do that. If a guy is in front of him compete against that guy. Keith Hernandez taught me a lot about that because he would see me in the lineup and he would come to my dugout, my locker, and tell me, ‘Mitch, let’s see who gets the most hits today. Let’s compete.’”
Then, in tonight’s game, the Rumble Ponies got down early as the RubberDucks scored two runs in both the second and third innings.
In the bottom of the third, Binghamton tied the game up at 4-4 as Ronny Mauricio, Luke Ritter, and Jake Mangum all drove in runs.
The two teams then went scoreless until Zach Ashford drove in Ritter on a single for the walk-off in the bottom of the eleventh.
The Rumble Ponies finish up their series against the RubberDucks on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Mirabito Stadium.
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