There are some stories I love to follow in this time of chaos and uncertainty. One involves my alma mater, The University of Arizona, where long ago I went to play on their baseball and basketball teams. I was a Wildcat, a jock, and a member of the Delta Beta chapter of Beta Theta Pi national fraternity.
The year before I arrived on campus to start the "fall freshman rush" the Wildcats baseball team won the College World Series and they were the defending kings of college baseball in 1964. It was a proud program I was invited to join.
The Wildcats appeared in the College World Series seven times prior to this year, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1976, 1980, 1986, and 2012.
7th all time entering this year games won during the regular season, 2,347
Yet baseball is not the only talent of this team. Here is a story about a creative group of Wildcat players who caught the attention of the ESPN network TV people, not for their baseball skills, but for their ability to make entertaining music videos to motivate the team. So impressed was ESPN they allowed the team to shoot a video used in all the promotion for the College World Series. Here is the story.
Eric Vander Voort | NCAA.com
Jun 21, 2016 15:58 EDT
Meet Sawyer Gieseke, a junior utility player for
. He's played 17
games this season at three different positions (third base,
second base and catcher), and he's a film and television major. Geiseke has a YouTube page for his film work, which often
features his Wildcat teammates. Arizona
Arizona in , Geiseke and ESPN
teammed up to produce a cover video for "This Town," a song by O.A.R.
(Of a Revolution) often used on College World Series broadcasts. This version
is by "Bear Down Revolution," with Bear Down being Omaha 's mantra. Gieseke and his teammates
went around Arizona
for the video, which he produced himself. The band features teammates Robby
Medel (No. 34), Michael Hoard (No. 31) and Tyler Crawford (No. 30). Omaha
This Town Video
Let it Slide Video
Under the name Goo Goo Cats the boys did another music video called Let it Slide.
Omaha Hosts 66th straight College World Series
Every year since 1950 the College World Series is held in
at Ameritrade Stadium, one of the best college stadiums in the nation if not the best. About 35,000 fans attend every game in the annual series in June. This brings up my second sense of pride in the CWS. Omaha, Nebraska
I worked for three Mayors of Omaha from 1969-1973 when major improvements were made to Rosenblatt Stadium, host site for the CWS, and a decision was made to begin plans for a new stadium to replace the original Rosenblatt Stadium so the series could remain in Omaha and continue to host the annual College World Series. A story follows about the success of the
project with the NCAA to use a permanent host city for the national championships. Omaha
College World Series History