Posted at 3:43 PM on June 22, 2007
by Steve Rudolph
The finals of the College World Series begin Saturday as North Carolina and Oregon State once again meet in the best-of-three series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.
The event has been held in that majestic stadium on the prairie for 57 years, made Nebraska the Mecca for college baseball fans, and is one of the toughest tickets to be had in all of sports. Unfortunately, the NCAA cares more about corporate sponsors than what’s good for the sport and is considering a move to Indianapolis or staying in Omaha but moving the CWS to a new state-of-the-art ballpark downtown.
I’ll admit that I’ve never been to the College World Series, but it’s one of my sports dreams to see the Gophers play in it one day. I’ve heard all the stories of past Minnesota teams that have played there and every person I’ve ever met that has attended a game at Rosenblatt Stadium speaks of it as if it was a religious experience.
I’m not opposed to change, for example I like interleague play, but so much of the appeal of sports is its history and tradition. The NCAA tarnished the Rose Bowl when it became part of the BCS Championship and not the game where the best in the Big Ten and Pac 10 meet each New Year’s as they did for more than a century. Maybe that's why I have little faith that they’ll do the right thing, what's right for baseball, and keep the College World Series at Rosenblatt.