CWS: Around the O

By Mark Etheridge - June 22, 2006


Here are some thoughts after a full seven days and counting in Omaha ...

The downtown area is pretty nice. Upstream Brewery and Old Chicago are the two places I visited. Good food and spirits. I do wish more was open after the 6 pm games end. Other than that, it is pretty nice.

There are casinos across the river in Iowa. I haven't been but that does give folks who like a game of chance somewhere to go.

I really like Famous Dave's BBQ. Several of us had it delivered yesterday and it enough food to make a pig turn away satisfied. Zestos is a must even though they double their prices this week. The shakes are so thick you might need to ask for spoon if you don't want an all-afternoon shake. My tradition is to go at lunch before the first CWS first game on opening Friday. There are several of us heading to The Drover today for what many call the best steak in Omaha. I'm anxious to see what the fuss is about.

This year Omaha is much easier is navigate than last season when Nebraska was here. Of course, last year was my first trip here so I'm old pro at getting around here now.

The temperatures have been very hot. A doubledip at these temps is hard to handle. Especially since sundown doesn't come until around 9 p.m.

The press conferences have not been as lively as last seasons without Augie Garrido and Pat Murphy. Pat Casey and George Horton carry the entertaining the media torch this year. Horton described relief pitcher Ryan Paul's Tuesday stomach virus as something "they put a cork in". That did draw some laughter at his choice of descriptions.

I've enjoyed visiting in the press box with the likes of Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune, CSTV's Eric Sorenson, M.K. Bower of the Houston Chronicle, and Rivals.com's Kendall Rogers. All follow college baseball very closely - something many sports writers simply don't do.

I was stopped at a redlight Monday and looked over to see Alabama SID Barry Allen and his Dad standing at a curb. They had finished eating and were waiting on a cab. I didn't have a meter to run but let them climb in and bum a ride to the park. I'm a bit envious they try to make this trip together each year. That's what helps make this event what it is.

The talk about the LSU job has lost some steam. It was a hot topic when I arrived but now has taken its rightful place behind the actual games in the conversation totem pole. Some feel Oregon State's Pat Casey is the next guy to meet with Bertman. That is, of course, if you don't count Alabama's Jim Wells who is in town to "help Skip talk to some of the candidates". Interesting huh?

Posted by Mark Etheridge at 02:36 PM on June 22, 2006
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