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‘Paint that city maroon’: Former Mississippi State baseball players encourage MSU fans to get to Omaha

Photo: Laura Parsley/Mississippi State Athletics

After eliminating the Texas Longhorns with a walk-off win Saturday evening, the Mississippi State baseball team is set to face Vanderbilt as the Bulldogs and Commodores compete for a national title.

This is the third time Mississippi State has made it to Omaha in the past three NCAA baseball tournaments and it’s the second time the Bulldogs will be competing in the College World Series finals for the second time since 2013.

The Bulldogs are looking to get their first national title and a few former Mississippi State baseball players want as many Mississippi State baseball fans as possible to be there to cheer the Bulldogs on.

Well, I’m sure quite a few former Mississippi State baseball players want you to be there to root for the Bulldogs, but two of the greatest Bulldogs to ever play for the Mississippi State baseball team have spoken out and are asking you to “paint [Omaha] maroon.”

Some Mississippi State greats want you to root for the Bulldogs from TD Ameritrade Park


After Mississippi State eliminated the Texas Longhorns from the College World Series, a member of Mississippi State’s 2013 College World Series team spoke out and encouraged fans to go to Omaha.

In a tweet, Jonathan Holder told fans who were on the fence about attending the 2021 College World series to make sure that they got there because “something special is happening.”

Holder wasn’t alone in this.

Jake Mangum, who has made it to the College World Series twice with the Bulldogs (2018 and 2019) also told fans to get there.

Of course, it’s not feasible for every fan to get to Omaha for the College World Series. Time commitments, expenses, and various other factors may prohibit someone from making the trip.

And that’s totally understandable and fine. There’s no shame in that. Of course, here at The Underdog Tribune, we’ll have everything you need to watch the Mississippi State Bulldogs face the Vanderbilt Commodores in the College World Series finals.

But if you are able to go and have been wanting to go, I definitely recommend that you make the trip. I lived in Omaha for a couple of years and it’s a wonderful community with a lot to offer.

How to visit Omaha for the College World Series: Where to eat?


With the College World Series set to start, NCAA baseball fans from all over the country will be headed to Omaha, Nebraska, to watch the country’s eight best teams play each other with the goal of winning a championship. While it’s often overlooked, Omaha is a city that deserves more credit for everything it has to offer.

I actually had the pleasure of living in Omaha for a couple of years and, despite the bitter winters, I thoroughly enjoyed my time living in the Midwest.

Omaha is a wonderful city with a great food scene, plenty of bars (especially sports bars), and a solid amount of nightlife.

There’s always something happening somewhere in town and, thanks to the size and layout of the city, it’s pretty easy to get just about anywhere you need within 20 to 30 minutes.


If you’ve got the opportunity to go see the College World Series, you should definitely take it.

And if you’ll be in Omaha, it’s worth getting a few ideas on what to do while you’re there. That’s what this guide is for, to help you get some ideas on what to do during your trip to see your team in the CWS.

Click here for The Underdog Tribune’s official guide to Omaha restaurants and bars for your trip to the College World Series.

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