Friday, June 27, 2008

Reflections of the College World Series

Stanford scoring eleven runs in the top of the 9th to turn a tie game into a blowout.  A dramatic bases-clearing double in the bottom of the 9th by LSU's Blake Dean to send Rice 0-2 and bar-b-que.  Two agonizing meltdowns by Miami reliever Carlos Gutierrez.  North Carolina catcher Tim Federowicz's grand slam in the bottom of the 8th to break a 3-3 tie with LSU.  Home runs. Lots of them.  The all-around performance of Most Outstanding Player Tommy Mendonca of Fresno State. The rain delays.  Glimpses of future major leaguers. The heartbreak of my Tar Heels finishing third, but the promise of seeing them going for it all next year.  These are some of the memories that I've brought home with me from the 2008 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.  It was a long two weeks of double headers and no days off and bad pitching and great defense and bulldog pups.  

The home of the College World Series

Left field at Rosenblatt Stadium

A view of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo from right field of Rosenblatt Stadium

One of the adorable bulldog pups used in an ESPN shoot

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