CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (CBSNewYork) – A man in his forties still plays professional baseball for the Long Island Ducks and shared his gaming experience with Steve Overmyer of CBS2.
Five hours before the game starts, Lew Ford and the Ducks are in their pre-game routine.
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âYou want to be successful in the field, but before that there is a process. You’re not going to just go out there and get .400, âFord said.
Ford has been a professional baseball player for over 20 years.
“You hopefully get these people to hook into this process and work hard and then see how those results come about in the end,” he said.
The Ducks are a team of former major leaguers and guys working towards a return to the greats, like Ryan Jackson, who was on the show for three years.
Ford is not only a player, but also a punch coach. He’s working with Jackson on his timing and wrist action.
When Ford isn’t on the line-up, he takes his place as third base coach, or the eyes of the runners on the field. He tells them to go home or stay.
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âI’m just trying to remind them of the little things to do on the bases. How many outs there are looking for line drives to see where the outfielders are, âsaid Ford.
The work Jackson did before the game paid off.
Whether coaching or hitting, Ford has a recipe for success.
“Follow your heart. Follow what you love to do. You will likely do a lot better than something you don’t like,” he said.
âYou have been a professional baseball player for 22 years. How many do you think you still have in you? âOvermyer asked.
âMaybe another 20 or so. Not as a player, but yes, in baseball, âsaid Ford.
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