As I take a faded blue jersey shirt with a peeling number 20 out of the dryer, my mind flashes back. Everyone in the Metrodome is on their feet and the sounds of "LLLLLLLEEEEEEWWWWWW" echo off the Teflon roof. Lew Ford quickly became a fan favorite for his hustle on the field and his ability to be an impact player on a team pushing for the playoffs. He even received some MVP votes for his performance in the 2004 season.
It isn't 2004 any more and Ford hasn't been a member of the Minnesota Twins since the end of the 2007 season. So what has Lew Ford been up to in the last three years.
The 2008 season saw Ford out of the major league system and traveling across the Pacific Ocean to work in the Japanese Central League. He played 47 games for the Hanshin Tigers. He stats during that season looked like this:
The 2010 season saw Lew cross the border into Mexico to play for the Oaxaca Warriors of the Mexican League. His numbers improved and he ended the season with these statistics:
Thanks for all the memories, Lew.
Everyone say it one more time, "LLLLLLEEEEEWWWWW!"