Over the weekend, a couple friends and I made the road trip to lovely Omaha, Nebraska for the first few days of the 2010 College World Series. For one reason or another, I had never made the trip out there to take in some college ball and BBQ, and I quickly realized what I've been missing out on.
I wouldn't mind going on about the atmosphere around Rosenblatt Stadium (it's being torn down for a new park), or the heart and soul that the players possess, or wax poetically about what the CWS is all about, but there are people who can do that better than me - especially because I'll be using about ten variations of "awesome" and "sweet" from here on out.
Instead, I'll give you a little photographic tour of what we saw, including a couple videos to start.
Here is Cardinals' recent draftee Seth Blair giving up a single to Clemson in the 2nd inning:
Then Blair walks a guy on four straight pitches:
As you can tell, great timing by me, right? To my credit, Blair didn't give me much to work with, as he stumbled his way to 4 1/3 innings, 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 5 walks, 4 K's, and even a balk, in a 6-3 loss.
Blair shouldn't have gone much higher than the 46th overall pick, but he's the ace of the top-ranked team in the NCAA, so that's got to count for something, kind of. I don't think we're looking at anything more than the next Boggs/Hawksworth-type of guy, but it was a bit disappointing to see him come out so flat. Also, the jerk who wanted a basket of onion rings at 10:30 AM didn't come through. (Sorry)
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Cornhusker fans know how to ride in style:
Some dudes got way too into the "Right Field/Left Field Sucks" chanting, specifically this guy. Who knew that still existed? (Beach balls too)
If you like little kids that have the word "SLUMPBUSTER" on their shirts, standing next to jailbait - well, this one's for you!
Fat guys in ponchos are funny because they look like they are wrapped in saran wrap (*****The More You Know*****)
Besides slutty teens and fat guys, Omaha was filled with broskies. It was probably asking too much for this guy to be wearing an Affliction or TapOut wife-beater, but there were plenty others who made up for it.
Day three, we had our best seats during that ASU/Clemson game, and we were restraining-order close to Erin Andrews (right next to the ASU dugout, second row behind the camera well). I had no complaints.
And to wrap it up, because of our love of college sports, this was our special way of paying respects to Myles Brand: