|Justin Davies (photo credit: Quack of the Bat Blog)|
This will be the first time in franchise history that the Ducks will retire a number.
Davies was a fan favorite during his time with the Ducks from 2000-05. While he never put up gaudy stats he was the catalyst for the Ducks. He was sneaky quick and did the little things that help his team win like bunting to get on base, taking the extra base.
"Justin was a speed player who provided a constant threat at the top of our lineup. He was one of those players, that if he had a good game, we had a good chance to win. I'd take him on any team I coach these days," said former Ducks teammate Rusty McNamara who is currently an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii.
However, many remember Davies for the kindness he displayed to fans and the community:
"Justin did all the little things to help win ball games. Walk, steal a base, move a runner over, go first to third. He was integral part in getting the everyday fan to appreciate the Long Island Ducks and come out to the ballpark in the early years because of how hard he worked every inning of every game. He was also a member of the Ducks First Atlantic League Championship in 2004. But my favorite memory of Justin was when he and Quackerjack came to help me do a American Heart Association fundraiser, " Hoops for Heart" at my school. He got on a scooter and played scooter basketball with all of my developmentally delayed students and made the day really special for all," said former physical education teacher and long time usher at Bethpage Ballpark, Bob Bennett.
Justin continued to give back to the community after retiring from baseball. He became a police officer and settle down in North Carolina with his family.
Tonight will be a special night for the Ducks and their fans.
Congratulations to Justin and his family on this special honor!