The Road to Omaha: Day One
Thursday was all about traveling to get to Omaha, Nebraska, a day before the teams start to practice, in order to pick up credentials and get a little more familiar with a town I will be seeing a lot of for at least the next week.
Traveling with me up I-55 and then then on I-70 across the entire state of Missouri, was Parrish Alford of the Daily Journal. Parrish worked on three stories in the morning — he picked me up at 6 in the morning — for Friday’s paper.
The weather was great, with the exception of a little rain before and just after Columbia.
No real interesting places that we ate, since we were trying to stay on schedule. (Media credentials were only open so late in the day). We did have Italian for dinner, if anybody cares. Overall, the ride was right at 12 hours.
We did have an exciting moment late in the trip when the Jeep Patriot Parrish has started to run low on gas. This happened about 30 miles out of Omaha in west Iowa, south of Council Bluffs. Why is that important? Well for anyone who has driven I-29 before, there isn’t a lot there, gas stations included.
Everything worked out fine. I kept Parrish calm and was able to get us to gas, just in time.
The most exciting part of the first day was touring TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. This place will be rocking once the games start Saturday. I saw some Ole Miss players walking around downtown. And the town, it’s very ready and very prepared for this yearly event.
Here are some pictures of the stadium. The second one is coming out of the dugout.
There is also a lot of media attention of course. Baseball America has left complementary programs at our hotel, along with copies of the Omaha World News.
Parrish and I will have full blogs and reports from practice. Of course, I will have this week’s edition up Friday as well. It’s got a ton on the CWS, including a Q & A with former LSU coach Skip Bertman. Miami coach Jim Morris also breaks down the Virginia Cavaliers with me in my preview on the CWS opener. Don’t miss it.