You need to get ready for the College World Series finals.
There’s a lot you could do to get adequately prepared for the CWS championship series. You could stretch. You could stock up on supplies (bread and water and pulled pork and chips and queso and beer and antacids and stuff, whatever you determine that you really need to watch the College World Series).
You could also watch a beautiful hype video that the Mississippi State athletic department put together to get Mississippi State fans ready for tonight.
And oh man, this hype video is so, so good.
“The M over S is now synonymous with success”
Look, there’s a lot of great history to the Mississippi State baseball program.
The Bulldogs have a lot to be proud of and celebrate because of the many years of incredibly successful teams that have come out of Starkville to compete at an incredible high level.
This is the 12th time Mississippi State has made it to the College World Series, but that isn’t the only measure of success that helps determine how good MSU baseball is. The Bulldogs have won 16 NCAA regionals, 7 conference tournament championships, 17 conference championships, and has made it into the NCAA Tournament a total of 39 times.
There’s a ton of history there and the Bulldogs have accomplished a lot. The hype video that the Mississippi State Athletic Department put together highlights all of that success, but it also points out that there is still more to be done.
“The grand prize has remained just out of reach”
Mississippi State, despite all of its incredible and consistent success throughout its history, has yet to claim a national title.
The Bulldogs haven’t found a way to win the College World Series just yet.
MSU came closest to getting that championship in 2013 when John Cohen took the Bulldogs all the way to the College World Series finals, but State still fell short, losing the CWS championship series against the UCLA Bruins in just two games.
Since that national runner up team in 2013, Mississippi State has made it back to Omaha on three more occasions (including this season).
And now, MSU is primed to compete for a championship once again.
“This bunch seems built for the challenge”
Mississippi State will be facing off against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the College World Series finals. The Bulldogs have routinely found ways to win against incredibly difficult and challenging foes throughout this postseason.
This challenge is going to be the toughest so far though.
Vanderbilt is a remarkably talented team that has a built in scholarship advantage and got an extra day of rest it didn’t earn as the North Carolina State Wolfpack had to forfeit due to COVID-19 protocols.
But the Bulldogs have fought uphill battles before. It’s only fitting that they fight an uphill battle again while trying to claim their first championship.
And before MSU gets to face Vandy, we should all get ready for that match up. Check out that hype video Mississippi State shared in the below tweet:
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.