When I was a little boy I would go home after school and do one of two things. I would either watch ESPN or WGN. I would watch WGN if the Cubs game was on and otherwise I would watch whatever ESPN had to offer. For a couple week span each year when school was out ESPN would show my favorite thing, The College World Series. They would show Rosenblatt Stadium at the start of the broadcast and would often say, “The Road to Omaha ends here.” Eight teams who were the best in college baseball would battle each other until only one team remained.
I was the minority, because college baseball is not a popular sport by any means and it was lucky to get that little bit of air time during the summer. I would watch games all day and night long and back then dream of playing in the CWS one year. Well as time went along it became more of a dream to go to the CWS and not to play in it. I would often have friends say this year we are going and we never would. Then I got married and had a son and thought it would be many years down the line when my son was older that I actually got to go. Well last year a friend brought it up again, but this time I said, “we are going.” At that point there was no looking back and I was on my own “Road to Omaha.” Let’s just say it was a road I hope to repeat many times in my life. Baseball does not get any better than this.