Kristian in Omaha: LSU gets down to business
I caught up with LSU Head Coach Paul Maineiri here in Omaha as he signed autographs for Tiger fans at TD Ameritrade Park. The LSU faithful were out in force two full days before their first game, with a line for autographs that stretched halfway around the stadium.
You could consider Omaha as "LSU West" because the Tiger Baseball team and their fans feel right at home here making their 16th CWS appearance.
"Omah is great, this is our second home. This is how we feel about Omaha," Maineiri told me after their short Friday afternoon practice.
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The Fans feel right at home, too. The large contingent of fans wearing purple and gold certainly walks around with a sense of pride and honor. Just about every turn you see "LSU Baseball" T-shirts and Tiger Flags flapping in the stiff Nebraska wind.
Maineiri said practice went well for his team. "We had a big day today. We had a nice practice and signed some autographs."
LSU is ready to get down to business. "They (the players) know what the goal is," the Coach said.
The Tigers are gunning for their 7th baseball national title, but Maineiri is taking it one game at a time. "Just getting to Omaha is a tremendous achievement," he explained.
Impressive, indeed. Five of eight national seeds lost in the Super Regional round.
"Once you get rid of all the hoopla, it's just baseball," said Maineiri. "These kids have a chance to be remembered forever. They can be the team to bring home the 7th national title in LSU history."
LSU takes on UCLA on Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. here on WWL. I'll be broadcasting Saturday afternoon from 3 to 6 from a local high school where we'll get to watch the LSU Baseball team practice.
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