Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Virginia Champions

Last night was the final game of the College World Series. Once again, for the second year in a row, it was Virginia v Vanderbilt, a rematch and just like last year, the first two games were a split. As we got home from volleyball, I saw the score was 4-2 Virginia in the 8th. I had hoped to watch it on ESPN, but the TVs weren't working for some reason. Ours couldn't see the satellite and the one downstairs wouldn't turn on.

So I downloaded the WatchESPN app on my phone, verified my DirecTv account, and watched the bottom of the 8th, and the 9th, on my phone. Tia probably thought I was silly, but it was exciting. I saw some great pitching and a few plays, some drama with Vander players on base in both innings, and a watched, called third strike to help Virginia win it's first national championship.

Last year the Cavs were favored to win, and when they lost the first game, I was disappointed. They won the second, but really Vandy beat them in the third. This year they started well, had a rough stretch with a worse team, and then finished strong as a 3rd seed. They weren't expected to win, but they did.

I've noted a few times as I look back in life that I'm proud to have attended Virginia and loved my time, but if I could do it again, I'd have gone to a smaller school and played baseball. I had no change at Virginia, where even though they haven't won titles, they've had good teams and gone to the CWS a few times. I had no chance to play there.

Cool to see them win, and exciting as an alum. Proud of those kids.

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