Since the Double-A Mets became the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, they have done amazing things on and off the field. Off the field, they took the Shopping Cart challenge and filled two shopping carts full of food to help the Hawk's Food-a-Bago to benefit CHOW.

With all that they've done for the community, it's nice to hear that one of their own is getting the recognition that is deserved.

Congratulations to Richard Tylicki, he is the winner of Minor League Baseball's Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award. This award is given to a team or individual in Minor League Baseball for outstanding support of the US Armed Forces and veterans for their work on and off the field.

He has been a part of the Double-A Mets organization for 23 years and is currently the Director of Stadium Operations for the Rumble Ponies. He's also the Lieutenant Colonel in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

How ironic that he's been a part of the organization for 23 years and he's earned 23 medals to date too. They include the Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone, and the Meritorious Service Medal awarded for exceptional service while he was at Kuwait in 2013.

Tylicki was instrumental in making sure that all U.S. military veterans could attend a Rumble Ponies game for free over Memorial Day Weekend.

He also helped in dedicating a POW/MIA memorial seat at NYSEG Stadium to make sure that all service members who did not come home from battle would always be honored at the ballpark.

He will be honored at the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet on Sunday, December 10th at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.

We may honor the veterans on Saturday but it's our pleasure to honor him today. Congratulations Richard from all of us at 98.1 the Hawk.

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