After turning in expenses, tying up some loose ends and working on our newest magazine this week, I’ve thought a lot about the final few weeks of the baseball season. It seems like a long time ago when I walked up to the stadium in Stillwater, even though it wasn’t. All the travel, the teams to follow and the games make this feel like the longest month of the year, even if the days are flying by.
I have the opportunity to cover a lot of sports, but to me there is nothing as fun as the baseball postseason because of the ups and downs. I like it because it punishes a team for an off night, but doesn’t disqualify like most other sports. Oklahoma lost a regional and super regional game and was still able to play for a national championship. Arkansas had lost a couple of times and was still one victory short of doing the same.
I got to experience a lot of new this month. I was glad I got to see O’Brate Stadium. I’ve had thoughts the past couple of years of driving over for a regular season game just to see what the fuss was about. It did not disappoint. It is a great college baseball park. I also had a chance to visit Chapel Hill for the first time. It is a neat, unique town. I enjoyed being around the UNC program for a few days. You get a sense for why the Tar Heels are always so good. That was also my first time to be away from any of my children for longer than a day, so that was an experience, too.
Getting back to Omaha is always fun. Other than getting to a practice site that was used for the first time, I never had to use GPS because I’ve learned the town so well. I told Tom Murphy while we were there that it feels like the Southwest Classic in Arlington — something we’ve covered so much that it feels routine. There are a lot of people in my line of work who might never cover the CWS or do it only once. This was my sixth time. Thanks to all of you for your support and interest that makes it possible and rewarding.