Thursday, June 26, 2008
Is Fresno State's win the biggest Cinderella Story in college history?
It's the equivalent of a No. 13 seed winning March Madness. Fresno State's RPI, if translated, would be in the high 80s, giving it a mid-seed in the NIT. And now the Bulldogs are national champions.
Of course college baseball doesn't get the same attention as college football or basketball. Just the nature of the game.
But this is like George Mason actually winning it all. GMU making the Final Four was unprecedented and made you shit yourself for the full week before the semifinal games. But this is like them actually winning the thing.
Baseball, of all the major sports, is probably the easiest for the top team to lose. You catch a good pitcher, streaky lineup or, simply, a hot-as-fuck team, on the wrong day and you could be in trouble; the best team rarely wins it all in baseball (see: 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks, 2002 Anaheim Angels and 2003 Florida Marlins).
Still, unfucking believable. This is an upset for the ages. Throw out every cliché and it will be fitting for a championship of this magnitude.
Are there any bigger upsets in the college ranks? Pros? Miracle on Ice?
Raise your glass to the Fresno State Bulldogs. College World Series champions. Geez!