Saturday, May 24, 2008

Let's hear it for the little guys!

For most baseball fans, particularly those that only know the professional variety, chemically-enhanced, and overrun by WWF histrionics, this weekend's D3 College World Series, in Appleton, Wisconsin, is probably not on your "badar" (baseball radar).

[Fox Cities Stadium, host of the D3 WS, and home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers]

I got to experience this great community (along with Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss, and cheese curds), and my very own D3 World Series in person, in 2006, when my son Mark, a senior on Wheaton (MA) College's baseball team, was a participant. That was a magic spring, and one I won't soon forget. The Lyons secured their first ever trip to the World Series, by winning the Northeast Regional. I got to witness the one of the more dramatic home runs I've seen during my baseball life, courtesy of Pat O'Connor's bat, and Wheaton finished number two in the country, losing to Marietta, and 7th round Major League draft pick, Mike Eisenberg.

[The Fox Cities' playing surface is on par with any Major League park]

I'll be following the exploits of the Trinity Bantams over the weekend. This club, the Northeast representative in Appleton, beat Cortland State on Friday, 2-1, their 42nd consecutive win. It was fitting that the Bantams had an opportunity to avenge their last loss, which came a year ago, to Cortland State, when the Red Dragons eliminated Trinity, during the 2007 New York Regional, ending their season.

[The view from center field (put me in coach, I'm ready to play...)]

Just like their big brother, the Division I World Series, in Omaha, Nebraska, the D3 equivalent has plenty of compelling stories. Trinity's foe, this evening, will be Linfield College, from Oregon. The Wildcats are making their first D3 WS appearance, and are coached by none other than Scott Brosius, the former Yankee that Red Sox fans came to hate. Brosius, a Wildcat alumnist, led the team to a 34-11 season in his first year at the helm.

While there won't be live video until the last two days of the tourney, audio feeds, as well as live stats will keep fans updated.

1 comment:

Mark LaFlamme said...

Nice field. Looks like the kind of place where you could gather on the hills beyond the outfield with a blanket, a honey and a bucket of beer. Road trip!