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.

Jun 142008

Rosenblatt Stadium Documentary

Our baseball road trip took a minor detour Saturday to the site of the College World Series, where the BaseCrawl crew spent most of the day talking to fans tailgating in the parking lot.

Amazingly, most of the fans camped outside the stadium don’t even have a dog in the fight, so to speak. There’s eight college baseball teams here in Omaha vying for the national title, and most of the fans we talked to root for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who didn’t even make it to Rosenblatt Stadium (or, for that matter, come close).

Tailgaters at Rosenblatt StadiumA bunch of rowdy tailgaters taught us the art of partying in the parking lot, which will be the eventual subject of our video pod, along with a comparison of the college game vs. the professional. Our rowdy tailgating hosts almost showed us too good of a time, because before we knew it the game we had planned to attend was half over and our beer cups were still half full.

When we asked our newfound friends if they wanted to head into the stadium with us, they responded confusingly:

“Why? To watch the game?”

Wait ’till you see this stuff. We’re off to St. Louis.