"You have bumps along the way. You have some adversity. And you use it to make it stronger. You don't use it to make excuses." Ray Tanner
Our state has been through a lot the past year or so. It's been rocky. To say that we needed something positive to happen is a gross understatement. Late Tuesday evening with one crack of the bat, we got it. South Carolina because the 2010 National World Series Champions in college baseball. And, after decades and decades, the last team to bat at Rosenblatt Stadium ever. History making.
Yesterday, we welcomed our champions home from Omaha after two long (but glorious) weeks at the CWS. 13,000 fans greeted them at the Colonial Life Arena. What a day!! Many tears, many hugs, many cheers. What an emotional wonderful day for our state!
Today was proclaimed to be "Gamecocks Baseball National Champions Day" in SC by our Governor. The Gamecock flag is proudly waving over our State Capital. (Photo credit: SpursUpBlog)
Thank you Coach Tanner, the players and all of the coaches for your dedication, hard work and "never stop believing" attitude. I have never been so proud. I'm also proud that out of all 8 teams that made it to the college world series, South Carolina's team had the highest GPA of them all.
I also want to mention...as much as this pains me to say...our state rivals the Clemson Tigers made it to the College World Series as well. That is 2 teams from SC playing for a championship title. Most of the year, I can't stand Clemson. But I have to hand it to them. Their team deserves kudos for making it there as well. I'm just glad we beat them. Twice. ;)
I saw this video yesterday; it's been going around on Twitter. I could go on and on about my Gamecocks, but this tells it all... (around 3:17 is the magic crack of the bat and where I start to get chills every time!)