The trophy returned home to Long Island. Anyone following even slightly knows the Ducks have been in the last 4 Atlantic Championship Series, finally winning this year. While 1 championship out of 4 may not be overall impressive, what is impressive is that they were there. Some teams never get a chance to be there much less get to taste the thrill of victory and winning the trophy.
Aside from the physical trophy, now being displayed proudly at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, New York, this is more then just a team looking good on paper. On the field and how a team presents its skills is key, the went through many player changes over the years and finally, brought forth a team that was able to win both halves of the season, blast their way through the Division Series and win it all.
Many players never experienced Wally Ball, as presented by current manager Wally Backman. He kept them in the game mentally and physically, despite all the new rule changes this year as an experiment for Major League Baseball. The Pond, as the ballpark is affectionately called was very low at one time, after a three year drought, now full, with a trophy to show for all the wonderful efforts demonstrated this year. This year marks the fifth time the Ducks have aon a championship.
Baseball, on Long Island as a geographic location, first saw The Brooklyn Cyclones win the champonship in the New York-Penn league and now on the other end of the Island, the Ducks bring more pride, a sense of winning and another excellent team called The Long Island Ducks.
Congratulations on winning the trophy.
See you all next summer for another season of Long Island Ducks baseball.
Anyone living in the area, who wishes to join the celebration on Tuesday October 8, 2019 at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, NY can attend the free event. It’s a 6:30 p.m. start.