CWS – Final pics from Rosenblatt

By Eric Sorenson. Posted on July 1st, 2010 in College World Series, Featured
 

Okay, so here’s a sweep-the-kitchen of some pics that I have yet to post from the last 10 days in Omaha and the final College World Series in Omaha. Check ‘em out…

Carolina players with their national title trophy.

 

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The early days of the Series was plagued by lighting and rain delays. Well... except the Carolina-Oklahoma game where the powers-that-be allowed them to play with lightning seemingly directly overhead.

 

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... because of the weather, we got crowds like this one from time-to-time at the 'Blatt.

 

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OU 2nd baseman Danny Black goes airborne to make a valiant dive at a bleeder through the right side.

 

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This little girl shows her love for the old stadium on the hill.

 

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Garrett Buechele and Caleb Bushyhead can't reach this seeing eye single.

 

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Cameron Seitzer uses all of his lanky frame to make this foul ball catch vs. South Carolina.

 

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Another view of Jackie Bradley scoring the winning run vs. OU. To think, the Cocks were down to their last out from being eliminated. (I'll give you five bucks if you can find me in this photo)

 

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Bradley gets lifted up by his teammates at home plate immediately after that.

 

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It's always awkward to see head coaches shake hands after an elimination game, especially one that ends so abruptly like this one did, plus knowing what the other guy is going through. Here, Ray Tanner gives his condolences to OU's Sunny Golloway.

 

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Tyler Ogle , rounding 3rd and making his way toward home plate on an RBI single.

 

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Who do you think you are, Ty Cobb?: Cody Reine isn't making many friends out there with his slide that has the spikes up high.

 

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I know nearly everyone will probably disagree, especially the fans of the eight teams, but I thought the umpiring crew did a really good job all series long. Here, Paul Guillie is on top of this call at 2nd.

 

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Clemson's Mike Freeman gathers dirt in a baggie out at 2nd base after the Tigers were eliminated by South Carolina.

 

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Two kids hamming it up for the TV camera once they found out they were up on the JumboTron.

 

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Hey girl, you better try to wrangle that guy up as a husband, 'coz he's gonna be a seriously rich dude in a couple of years. (Matt Purke gets a hug... then again, I guess I don't know for sure that's his girlfriend.)

 

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TCU fans loved the fact that they eliminated Texas in the Supers. I also thought the line about living in Dallas is pretty funny too, since I lived there once before.. but got out as soon as possible.

 

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Kyle Peterson's image is up on the JumboTron. This was from his playing days as an All American pitcher at Stanford.

 

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Diggin' deep.

 

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This could also have been the last CWS for Erin Andrews as it's been said that her contract with ESPN is done on July 1st and it seems to me she's got bigger fish to fry in TV land. We'll see.

 

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With South Carolina and UCLA playing a nip-and-tuck duel in the second title game, it's so good that this guy brought his Harry Potter book to read.

 

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These girls had to be pissing people off behind them, having stood for a lot of the Carolina-OU game. But say this for them... they're definitely into the emotions of the game.

 

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UCLA's Trevor Bauer gives a fist pump and Tiger Woods-like yell after striking out a TCU batter to end an inning.

 

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Heard many, many, many complaints from fans this year about foot traffic problems in and around Rosenblatt, specifically in having to evacuate the stadium after each game and then waiting in longer-than-normal lines to get back in and of course the herding of cattle... er, people, through the four access gates just to get on the Rosenblatt campus.

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Sherman Johnson had a solid series for Florida State. Sadly, he was still one of the very few black players participating in college baseball.

 

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Sadly, this picture isn't actually from this year's College World Series. I just thought I'd point out at this time how disappointed I am that Jenn Sterger and the FSU Cowgirls don't come to Seminole games anymore.

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Florida players react to being eliminated in two games. With all their youth on this year's team, I'd be shocked if the Gators aren't back in Omaha again really soon.

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Okay, survey time: Which one of these three bat girls from TCU, Clemson and Florida State are the best? You decide.

 

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The "Oiho State" banner gets paraded around before the championship series. Really people?

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Matt Purke, inconsolable after the Frogs got eliminated just short of the championship series.

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... ironically, fellow former 1st round draft pick Gerrit Cole took losing the championship series just as hard as Purke did. I s'pose that is because both of these guys put off million-dollar pro ball dreams to win a national championship in college and came up just short.

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Jackie Bradley just missed on this outfield flair by a UCLA batter and had to play in on a big bounce.

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A fan runs out onto the field during the final game. And no, it's not a drugged up Lindsay Lohan.

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... and even though she was getting roughed up on the ground, she never stopped smiling. Then again, maybe she *likes* getting roughed up.

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Then, this skinny runt in his underwear ran out on the field during a crucial time in the 9th inning. Like we really wanted to see this guy in his grutchies.

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Carolina players start the celebration after Scott Wingo scored the final run.

 

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So tell me again, who is it that says it's a good idea to shoot the confetti cannons over the celebrating players?

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The Gamecocks did a victory lap... ironically, in the opposite direction of LSU's victory lap last season. Just thought I'd point that out.

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Kyle Enders hoists the national championship trophy up high during the lap around the field.

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The trophy and me. (In case you couldn't tell from the previous two pics, I was standing on the tarp roll to get some shots from higher up on the victory lap.)

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UCLA coach John Savage congratulates a Gamecock player. Considering he led the Bruins back from a losing record last season to within a whisker of the national championship, this was the best coaching job he and his staff had done in his six years in Westwood.

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The mad crush of photogs trying to get a shot of the Gamecocks with the trophy. The highest hand you see snapping pics is mine. The shot of the SC players with the trophy that you see at the head of this entry is the one I got from this angle.

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Jackie Bradley doing his best Tommie Frazier imitation, running with his CWS plaque and carrying it like a football.

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After the ESPN cameras had long been turned off, they turned the stadium lights off and had a final fireworks show that was ignited on top of the pavilion in centerfield.

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... then, sparsely lit in the still-dark stadium, a lone trumpeter came out and played a slow-paced "Take me out to the ballgame" one last time as a fitting tribute to Rosenblatt. The few members of the crowd that remained sang along with him.

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After the final press conference was over, I walked out to the stadium, put some Rosenblatt dirt in a bag, then went and stood under the 408 sign in center field and snapped this one last photo of the old park.

 

COMMENTS:

July 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm
formerlyanonymous says:

TCU’s normal bat girl didn’t go to Omaha. I was unhappy. She served the team all the way through the Super Regionals but didn’t make the final trip. Don’t know what the story behind that was.

She would have knocked all three of those other bat girls out of the water. Blond bombshell style.


July 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm
Guy says:

Okay, send the $5 to me….consolation prize for not getting a dirt baggie of the Blatt.


July 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm
Hal Incandenza says:

Great photos. I’m never going to forget standing in the darkness of Rosenblatt, hearing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” one final time.

That said, this was my first trip to the Blatt since 2004. Back then, I was awestruck. Now I can confidently say that anyone who thinks a new stadium wasn’t needed is snorting unicorn dandruff.

Now I’m off to scrape an entire ecosystem of insects off my windshield.


July 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm
RPIGuy says:

Nice work again this year, Eric!