This isn’t Lew Ford’s first pennant race. Far from it. He was part of the Minnesota Twins teams that played in the American League Division Series in ’03, ’04 and ’06, and was a regular outfielder in the middle of those years when they were ousted by the New York Yankees in four games.
But the 36-year-old with a slightly receding hairline, who is part of the remarkable year coming down the stretch in Baltimore, has not seen anything to match this season. I do not believe it is merely that his own comeback via the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League after four full seasons out of the major leagues is so dramatic itself.
“You don’t get a break,” Ford told me in the hallway leading to the Orioles’ clubhouse barely three hours before he would be starting in right field in the opener of one more crucial series, this one against another of the American League East’s prime contenders, Tampa Bay. “It is a little different here. Every ser