Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/19/12
The delightful story of Lew Ford’s journey from the Atlantic League in April and May to the parent Baltimore Orioles in late July to the American League Postseason in October still has, dare we say, “a nice ring” to it for Independent Baseball as the major league season marches to a conclusion.             Pardon the reach for a pun, but the Long Island Ducks, with whom Ford originally pledged to help win the Atlantic League title until the Orioles snapped up his contract May 17, did their part with a ninth inning rally in the thrilling deciding game at their Central Islip home in eastern New York simultaneously to Baltimore battling the New York Yankees in the AL Division Series.            Now, the Ducks have confirmed Ford will receive a championship ring for his part in their season, which covered 19 early-season games (.333-4-14) and also brought uncounted publicity value to Long Island, the league and the Independent game.            “We told him about it after we won, and he was very excited and grateful,” said President and General Manager Michael Pfaff.              We have written in recent months about the mutual admiration between the 36-year-old Ford, who had been out of the majors since 2007 and had played 183 games during three seasons with the Ducks, but the story continues to show life.            While his postseason role with Baltimore was primarily to start against some left-handers such as Yankees ace C. C. Sabathia, I cannot help but wonder how many fans realize Ford’s .375 batting average (3-for-8 with a double, run and RBI) actually led the Orioles during their sterling five-game set that gave the New Yorkers all they could handle.  Only three teammates had more hits, even if they played fulltime, as Baltimore hit .187. This is an excerpt from the column Bob Wirz writes year round on Independent Baseball.  Fans may subscribe for 2012 at reduced rates at WirzandAssociates.com, enjoy his blog, IndyBaseballChatter.com, or comment to RWirz@aol.com.  The author has 16 years of major league baseball public relations experience with Kansas City and as spokesman for two Commissioners and lives in Stratford, CT.)
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