Oct 212009

Take a look at Brad and Kyle. These guys are among a distinct group of college baseball fans who love the College World Series, so long as they don’t have to watch any baseball. They’d just as well play Beat the Meat.

The College World Series draws a strange mix of fans like Kyle and Brad to see the eight remaining teams in NCAA baseball duke it out for a national championship. Aside from the stereotypical beer-drinking college boys, the event draws thousands of Nebraskans and Iowans who are plenty interested in watching the games. They just love baseball more than they do any particular team.

Our journey to Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium was a nostalgic visit for Troy. This is where he rekindled his love for baseball watching his alma mater win national championships in 2006 and 2007. Although the Beavers had been eliminated at the time of our visit, their storied three-year run left a lasting imprint on Omaha.

Oct 092009

Nolan’s gone, but the basecrawl continues …

We were certainly surprised by what we found in Kansas City. The woebegone Royals were circling the drain as usual, yet you wouldn’t know it looking around from your seat at Kauffman Stadium. The fans had more life and enthusiasm than Billy Mays.

If we hadn’t known any better, we’d have thought we were watching a team in the pennant race. Royals fans stick by their team with a strange mixture of pride and embarrassment.

Stop No. 8 on our baseball road trip also presented a unique opportunity to visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Located in the historic 18th & Vine district of Kansas City, the NLBM showcases a rich part of American history, but also reminds us of baseball’s segregated past.