B-Mets Walk Off With EL Championship

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by Ed Tsunoda on September 15, 2014

The Binghamton B-Mets took the Eastern League Championship the same way they started their playoff run, with a 9th inning walk-off home run. The win capped a remarkable post-season that included staving off two elimination games in the first round and culminated in a walkoff championship for Manager Pedro Lopez and the Mets AA affiliate.

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The Binghamton Mets wrapped up the 2014 season in front of a near-sellout crowd of 5,904 at NYSEG Stadium with a surreal performance by pitcher Steven Matz and a walk-off RBI double by Jayce Boyd.

Binghamton, where the Eastern League was founded in 1923, hadn’t won a championship since 1994. Not only did Friday night’s victory end that drought, but it also delivered the championship to Binghamton during the 100th season of professional baseball in the Southern Tier.

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Abbott and Lopez were both part of last season’s club that set a franchise record for wins in a season (86), but was swept in the first round of the playoffs. Lopez, who in three seasons is the franchise’s all-time winningest manager, this season preached “six more wins” as the goal — the six wins being the six postseason victories to win a championship.

“This what you dream about,” Lopez said Friday after collapsing, exhausted and elated, in his office chair. “The day that the way I go about my business becomes about me, then I’m going to walk away. This is not about me. This is about seeing 25, 27 guys out there celebrating, jumping around and basically having fun after doing what we just did. That’s what I work for.”

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