Pedro Lopez had a taste of championship baseball in his mouth and was hungry for more. Last winter, Lopez got his first crack at managing a winter baseball team in his homeland of Puerto Rico. With Lopez’s leadership, The Criollos de Caguas survived the Winter League postseason format to bring home the championship.
For Lopez, that title was his #1 baseball memory ever. And, returning to Double-A Binghamton, Lopez was determined to have another serving of that championship cuisine. Wherever he went and with whomever he talked, Lopez hammered home the same message, he expected nothing short of a championship in Binghamton in 2013.
“We have unfinished business in Binghamton. The city and the B-Mets fans deserve a championship,” claimed the second year manager. That was the message Lopez emphasized to me when I interviewed him at the B-Met welcome back dinner. That was the message quoted in a story about Lopez in the 2013 B-Met Souvenir Program.
In fact, when I asked Lopez about the co...