The LSU baseball Fighting Tigers begin their quest for a seventh national championship this weekend. LSU coach Paul Mainieri took the team up to Omaha early for Sunday night's game.
"When we did it in 2009, it worked," Mainieri told WWL's Tommy Tucker Friday morning. "I'm not superstitious, but why take chances?"
2009 was LSU's last College World Series appearance, which they won.
Mainieri says the team will get a break from practice when it's time for the series' opening ceremonies:
"First there's a barbecue for the eight teams, and then after the barbecue they have the opening ceremonies in the stadium, where the team comes in like Olympics-style introduction-type thing, and then they culminate with a huge fireworks demonstration," he explained.
Since 1986, every class of players has made at least one College World Series appearance. Mainieri said the current crop deserves the trip to Omaha.
"We've got such a hard working group of kids," said Mainieri. "They're great kids, they're great role models for youngsters, they sign autographs, they work hard, they do well in school."