CWS: My annual shopping trip

By Mark Etheridge - June 17, 2006

For those unfamiliar with Omaha, the scene outside the stadium almost rivals the one inside. Up and down 13th street, there are wall-to-wall vendors neighboring the sidewalk. There's everything from what you'd expect: souvenirs, beer gardens, pizza by the slice, and burgers - to the bat and glove vendors - to things you not expect like private parties and charity fund-raisers.

I ventured through the crowds looking for the just that special something to take home. There was plenty to choose from as fans scraped up everything with their team name and CWS on it.

Another neat item is fan fest. Located in the parking lot, there are games and booths with all kinds of sports games. Basketball, street hockey, and of course batting cages and radar guns.

There is no shortage of things to do. So much so that many fans seem oblivious to the action inside the gates. It really is an event, not just a tournament, and these fans are living it up in grand fashion.

Posted by Mark Etheridge at 06:50 PM on June 17, 2006

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