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Ducks Memorable Moment Madness Champion

Ducks Moment Madness Final

Hundreds of votes were cast over the last 24 hours, and thousands of votes were cast throughout the tournament. With a resounding 83.7% of the vote in the finals, your Ducks #MemorableMomentMadness champion is…

Thank you to everyone who voted throughout the tournament and made this an absolute blast! We loved re-living all of the tremendous memories throughout the team’s 20-year history.

Ducks Memorable Moment Madness: Championship Game

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We are down to the final two teams that will compete for the Ducks Memorable Moment Madness championship. We had hundreds of fans cast ballots this week for the two Final Four matchups, and voting was fairly close in both the Western and Eastern Brackets. In addition to votes, many fans commented with their reasoning for why they voted for the moment they did, with several acknowledging that these were the hardest matchups to vote for thus far. With that said, here are results from the semifinals of the tournament:

WESTERN BRACKET   EASTERN BRACKET
[1] “The Bunt” 59.5%   [1] Ray is Hits King 51.8%
[3] Buddy’s #3 Night 40.5% [1] Henderson’s No-No 48.2%

And so, it’s onto the Championship Game of the tournament to decide what the greatest moment in Ducks history has been over the franchise’s first 20 seasons. This is unquestionably an intriguing matchup, with two top-seeds going at it for the crown. The Western Bracket winner comes from the Playoff Moments Region and is a championship-winning play from a 20th Anniversary All-Time Team member. The Eastern Bracket winner hails from the Player Awards Region and also features a 20th Anniversary All-Time Team member who holds several franchise records, including the one that is being recognized in this instance.

For one final time, here are the details regarding the two moments vying for the championship to help you better make your ultimate selection:

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#1 – “The Bunt”

In Game Five of the 2012 Atlantic League Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark, Ducks shortstop Dan Lyons ended the team’s eight-year title drought in the most unfathomable way possible: A bunt single up the third base line. The perfectly-placed bunt scored Matt Esquivel with the winning run. It remains the only one of Long Island’s four championships to be clinched on their home playing field. Lyons earned Championship Series MVP honors for his heroics.

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#1 – Ray is Hits King

Justin Davies held the record for most hits in Ducks history from the time he retired in 2005 until the 2011 season. At that point, Ray Navarrete had already become the team’s leader in home runs, RBIs, runs scored and doubles. However, on May 22, 2011, he would also become the hits king in dramatic fashion. His go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning at York gave him 616 hits in his Ducks career, officially surpassing Davies.

With all the information at your disposal, which memory takes the crown as the greatest in Ducks history? Is it the walk-off bunt single that secured Long Island’s 2012 Atlantic League championship at Bethpage Ballpark? Or is it the dramatic home run that moved Ray Navarrete into sole possession of first place on the Ducks all-time hits list?

Head on over to our Facebook and Twitter pages by clicking the buttons below. Cast your votes over the next 24 hours for the moment you feel is most deserving of being the Memorable Moment Madness champion. We’ll announce the winner on Friday morning as part of the Ducks #OpeningDayatHome festivities.

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Ducks Memorable Moment Madness: Final Four

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And then there were four! After beginning with four outstanding memories from the first 20 season of Long Island Ducks baseball, just four remain in their bid to conquer Memorable Moment Madness. We have held three rounds of voting in each of the four regions: Playoff Moments, Special Events, Player Awards and Notable Games. Thanks to thousands of fan votes since the tournament began on March 19, we have now determined the four regional champions. Here are the voting results from the Elite 8:

WESTERN BRACKET

 

EASTERN BRACKET

[1] “The Bunt”

78.6%

  [1] Ray is Hits King

56.9%

[2] Navarrete’s HR

21.4%

  [3] Navarrete ’09 MVP

43.1%

         
[1] Inaugural Game

31.3%

  [1] Henderson’s No-No

66.7%

[3] Buddy’s #3 Night

68.7%

  [7] 18-Inning Game

33.3%

Congratulations to each of the four regional champions! As has been the case throughout the competition, voting in some of the matchups was fairly close while others were no contest. Each of the four remaining moments certainly has a case for why it should be dubbed the greatest in franchise history. However, just one will hold that title, and we’ll find out which over the next three days.

The Final Four will feature the regional champs from the left side of the bracket (a.k.a. the Western Bracket) facing one another while the winners from the right side (a.k.a. the Eastern Bracket) doing the same. The top-seed from the Playoff Moments Region, “The Bunt”, will battle the three-seed from the Special Events Region, Buddy’s #3 Night, in the Western Bracket. Then, in a match-up of two top-seeds, Ray is Hits King of the Player Awards Region takes on Henderson’s No-No of the Notable Games Region. Before voting begins, here are the details on each of the remaining competitors:


WESTERN BRACKET

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#1 – “The Bunt”

In Game Five of the 2012 Atlantic League Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark, Ducks shortstop Dan Lyons ended the team’s eight-year title drought in the most unfathomable way possible: A bunt single up the third base line. The perfectly-placed bunt scored Matt Esquivel with the winning run. It remains the only one of Long Island’s four championships to be clinched on their home playing field. Lyons earned Championship Series MVP honors for his heroics.

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#3 – Buddy’s #3 Night

On August 3, 2018, the Ducks celebrated Bud Harrelson Appreciation Night. Buddy’s famous #3 was retired by the organization in a special pre-game ceremony. Speeches were made by Boulton, Manager Kevin Baez, and Buddy’s daughter, Kassie, on behalf of his family. Ducks players and coaches also paid tribute while helping raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, which Harrelson was recently diagnosed with, by donning special purple jerseys throughout the game, each featuring number three on the back.


EASTERN BRACKET

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#1 – Ray is Hits King

Justin Davies held the record for most hits in Ducks history from the time he retired in 2005 until the 2011 season. At that point, Ray Navarrete had already become the team’s leader in home runs, RBIs, runs scored and doubles. However, on May 22, 2011, he would also become the hits king in dramatic fashion. His go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning at York gave him 616 hits in his Ducks career, officially surpassing Davies.

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#1 – Henderson’s No-No

Rod Henderson threw the first, and only, no-hitter in Ducks history on May 25, 2001. In a 3-0 win over the Atlantic City Surf at EAB Park, the right-hander went the distance, allowing just two walks while striking out 10 batters. He faced just one batter over the minimum and needed just 108 pitches to seal the deal. The two-year MLB veteran was also the first Atlantic League pitcher to throw a no-hitter.

It’s time to find out which two moments will meet up in the Championship Game of Memorable Moment Madness. Cast your votes on Tuesday and Wednesday for the moments you feel should advance by visiting our Facebook and Twitter pages. Simply click the buttons below to visit them! Once the two have been decided, Thursday’s tournament finale will decide the ultimate champion.

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Ducks Memorable Moment Madness: Elite 8

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Two rounds have come and gone in the inaugural Ducks Memorable Moment Madness competition. We have seen thousands of votes cast since the beginning, and 32 of the most historic moments in the franchise’s 20-year existence have been whittled down to eight. Voting in the Sweet 16 wrapped up this week, as we saw two first round favorite match up with two first round underdogs. The final matchup came down to the very end, with the two separated by just one vote. Here were the results:

[1] Henderson’s No-No 67.0%
[5] 27-Run Opener 33.0%
   
[3] Ray’s 3-HR Game 49.5%
[7] 18-Inning Game 50.5%

The Cinderella story of the 18-Inning Game in 2006 has continued on in the tournament, marking the lowest seed remaining in the bracket. All four top-seeds have advanced, as well as one two-seed and two three-seeds. Let’s take a look at the field that remains and the match-ups for the Elite 8:

PLAYOFF MOMENTS SPECIAL EVENTS PLAYER AWARDS NOTABLE GAMES
[1] “The Bunt” [1] Inaugural Game [1] Ray is Hits King [1] Henderson’s No-No
[2] Navarrete’s HR [3] Buddy’s #3 Night [3] Navarrete ’09 MVP [7] 18-Inning Game

Each of these incredible memories has built a strong case for why it is the greatest in franchise history. However, only one will be able to hold that honor when the tournament is complete. To get there, we first need to determine the best moment in each region to make up the Final Four of the tournament. Before we begin voting in the Elite 8, which will take place over the next four days, here is some further detail about each moment vying for a regional championship:


PLAYOFF MOMENTS

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#1 – “The Bunt”

In Game Five of the 2012 Atlantic League Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark, Ducks shortstop Dan Lyons ended the team’s eight-year title drought in the most unfathomable way possible: A bunt single up the third base line. The perfectly-placed bunt scored Matt Esquivel with the winning run. It remains the only one of Long Island’s four championships to be clinched on their home playing field. Lyons earned Championship Series MVP honors for his heroics.

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#2 – Navarrete’s Homer

Ray Navarrete always had a flair for the dramatic. No moment of his career though was bigger than his go-ahead three-run home run in Game Five of the 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series. In what would be the final game of his pro career, Navarrete’s blast against the Somerset Patriots put the Ducks ahead for good. Long Island would win the game 6-4 and win their second consecutive championship, sending Navarrete off in style.


SPECIAL EVENTS

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#1 – Inaugural Game

April 28, 2000, is a date that is so important, not to just the Ducks franchise, but to Long Island in general. From Founder Frank Boulton opening the gates to the first customers at then-EAB Park, to the lineup card exchange between managers Bud Harrelson (LI) and Butch Hobson (NA), to the first pitch being thrown by Eddy Ramos to Milt Culyer, a challenging mission had been accomplished – professional baseball had finally arrived on Long Island!

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#3 – Buddy’s #3 Night

On August 3, 2018, the Ducks celebrated Bud Harrelson Appreciation Night. Buddy’s famous #3 was retired by the organization in a special pre-game ceremony. Speeches were made by Boulton, Manager Kevin Baez, and Buddy’s daughter, Kassie, on behalf of his family. Ducks players and coaches also paid tribute while helping raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, which Harrelson was recently diagnosed with, by donning special purple jerseys throughout the game, each featuring number three on the back.


PLAYER AWARDS

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#1 – Ray is Hits King

Justin Davies held the record for most hits in Ducks history from the time he retired in 2005 until the 2011 season. At that point, Ray Navarrete had already become the team’s leader in home runs, RBIs, runs scored and doubles. However, on May 22, 2011, he would also become the hits king in dramatic fashion. His go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning at York gave him 616 hits in his Ducks career, officially surpassing Davies.

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#3 – Navarrete 2009 MVP

In 2009, Navarrete became the first Ducks player to win the Atlantic League’s Player of the Year award. That memorable season saw #16 set the league record for games played (139) and set five Ducks single-season records: games, at-bats (531), runs (106), hits (164) and extra-base hits (66). Navarrete led the league in RBIs (96), hits, runs, extra-base hits and doubles (39), while finishing second in home runs (25), fifth in on-base percentage (.403) and third in slugging percentage (.531).


NOTABLE GAMES

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#1 – Henderson’s No-No

Rod Henderson threw the first, and only, no-hitter in Ducks history on May 25, 2001. In a 3-0 win over the Atlantic City Surf at EAB Park, the right-hander went the distance, allowing just two walks while striking out 10 batters. He faced just one batter over the minimum and needed just 108 pitches to seal the deal. The two-year MLB veteran was also the first Atlantic League pitcher to throw a no-hitter.

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#7 – 18-Inning Game

The longest game in franchise history took place on September 12, 2006, when the Ducks matched up with the Camden Riversharks at Citibank Park. By night’s end, the game had lasted 18 innings in total and took a league-record six hours, 20 minutes to complete, with Camden eventually earning the win. The game took so long that Ducks front office staff members had to fill in for the bat boys, who needed to get home because it was a school night.

With all of the matchups and information now in place, it’s time to begin formulating the Final Four of Ducks Memorable Moment Madness. Cast your vote each weekday on our Facebook and Twitter pages for which memory you feel deserves to be that region’s champion. You can simply click the buttons below to visit both pages. Voting for the Elite 8 will wrap up next Monday, with the semifinals taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday and the championship game wrapping up the tournament on Thursday, April 30.

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Ducks Memorable Moment Madness: Sweet 16 – Playoff Moments Region

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The first round of voting is now officially complete in the Ducks Memorable Moment Madness bracket challenge. Fans have done a terrific job of casting their ballot every weekday on Facebook and Twitter on which moment they feel should advance to the next round. This past week was focused on notable games that have taken place throughout the Ducks 20 seasons of play thus far. For the second consecutive week, we have seen a seven seed upset a two seed. Additionally, this region featured the closest voting among all four matchups. Here are the results from the Notable Games Region:

[1] Henderson’s No-No 57.0%
[8] 11-Run Rally 43.0%
[2] Machete’s Cycle 42.1%
[7] ’06 18-Inning Game 57.9%
[3] Ray’s 3-HR Game 54.1%
[6] Rich Hill’s 14 K’s 45.9%
[4] Brownell/Lyons Show 37.5%
[5] 27-Run Opener 62.5%

Now that the first round has been completed, let’s take a look at which moments make up the Sweet 16:

PLAYOFF MOMENTS SPECIAL EVENTS PLAYER AWARDS NOTABLE GAMES
[1] “The Bunt” [1] Inaugural Game [1] Ray is Hits King [1] Henderson’s No-No
[2] Navarrete’s HR [2] Ray’s #16 Day [3] Navarrete ’09 MVP [3] Ray’s 3-HR Game
[3] Johnson’s Catch [3] Buddy’s #3 Night [4] Ford ’14 MVP [5] 27-Run Opener
[5] Davies Winners [4] Davies’ #4 Night [7] Lyons Gold Glove [7] 18-Inning Game

As the Sweet 16 gets underway, action will once again begin in the Playoff Moments Region of the bracket. The top seed, “The Bunt” will face the five seed, Davies Winners, in one matchup. The other battle will be two seed Navarrete’s HR against three seed Johnson’s Catch. To help you choose which moments advance to the Elite 8, here are some further details about each:

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#1 – “The Bunt”

Winning a championship on a walk-off is a rare feat. Doing so on a walk-off bunt single is almost unfathomable. Don’t tell that to Dan Lyons, though. In Game Five of the 2012 Atlantic League Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark, the Ducks shortstop ended the team’s eight-year title drought with a bunt single up the third base line, scoring Matt Esquivel with the winning run. It remains the only one of Long Island’s four championships to be clinched on their home playing field. Lyons earned Championship Series MVP honors for his heroics.

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#2 – Navarrete’s Homer

Ray Navarrete always had a flair for the dramatic. No moment of his career though was bigger than his go-ahead three-run home run in Game Five of the 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series. In what would be the final game of his pro career, Navarrete’s blast against the Somerset Patriots put the Ducks ahead for good. Long Island would win the game, win their second consecutive championship, and send Navarrete off in style.

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#3 –Johnson’s Catch

There aren’t many play-by-play calls more etched in the memory of Ducks fans than “Jason Johnson makes the catch! He makes the catch!” That momentous call from Ducks broadcaster Chris King marked the final out of Long Island’s three-game sweep of the Camden Riversharks in the 2004 Atlantic League Championship Series, clinching the Ducks first-ever league title.

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#5 –Davies Walk-Offs

Long Island would not have won its first-ever championship in 2004 if not for the heroics of all-time Ducks great Justin Davies. In the first two championship games ever played in Central Islip, Davies ended both in walk-off fashion. Game One saw Davies connect for a single to right in the 11th inning off Evan Thomas, scoring Jason Johnson, for an 11-10 win. One night later, the outfielder singled off the glove of third baseman Brad Strauss in the ninth inning to score Luis Rodriguez, securing a 5-4 win. Davies would go on to be named Championship Series MVP.

With all of that in mind, it is about time to begin voting for your favorite moments in Ducks playoff history. Cast your ballot each weekday on our Facebook and Twitter feeds to determine which one moves on to the Elite 8. Every day will feature a new matchup, and only you, the fans, have the ability to decide which memorable moment will ultimately be the greatest in franchise history.

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