June 12, 2014
CWS Central | Get in the Cage with Swanson | Day 2 Photos
Thursday was the calm before the storm. After arriving in Omaha Wednesday evening, the Commodores were afforded with the opportunity to sleep in on Thursday before what will be a jam-packed Friday filled with activities throughout the day.
After gathering for breakfast in the hotel in the morning, the team relaxed for a few hours before heading to Creighton University for their first practice in Omaha.
With temperatures in the 70s under sunny skies, the Commodores practiced from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Creighton Sports Complex, which also includes a softball field and indoor facility. Practice began with a station-to-station bunting exercise, where the players moved from one base to the next laying down bunts off pitches thrown by the coaching staff.
Players then worked on situational hitting and base running with Coach Corbin going through a series of signs before each batter stepped in the box. The team continued to focus on fundamentals by working on pick-off plays and fielding before closing with batting practice.
We had a little fun during batting practice by strapping a GoPro camera to the helmet of shortstop Dansby Swanson. Watch the video for a first-hand look at Swanson in the cage.
Creighton's practice facility, which has a FieldTurf surface, also served as Vanderbilt's first practice site at the 2011 College World Series. The Bluejays just completed their first season in the Big East Conference, finishing the year 32-17-1. For games, Creighton plays all of its home tilts at TD Ameritrade Park, site of the College World Series.
The Bluejays have a storied baseball history with the likes of Bob Gibson, Alan Benes, Scott Servais, Scott Stahoviak and coach Jim Hendry coming through the program. Its finest moment came in 1991 when the team advanced to the College World Series. The program has made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, including two in the last four years.
Following Vanderbilt's practice session, the team returned to the hotel and had a few hours to take in the city before heading to dinner.
Outstanding Local Coverage
The city of Omaha truly embraces the College World Series every year, and it is evident to all who visit in just a short time in town. It is hard to walk anywhere in the city and not see something related to the College World Series from merchandise tents, to signs posted on buildings and on the cover of publications in stores and restaurants.
The local media provides excellent coverage of the teams participating in the College World Series. The Omaha World-Herald has a webpage dedicated to all the news throughout the event. On Thursday, the paper ran a very informative article for those attending the CWS.
Additionally, local television stations have been on location everywhere the Commodores have been from posing to photos in front of the Road to Omaha sculpture to arriving at the team hotel and practice field.
Friday will be a busy day for the Commodores. The day will include a practice at TD Ameritrade Park, team photo in front of the Road to Omaha sculpture, autograph session on the stadium concourse and meetings with ESPN.
Stadium Transportation Information
If you are planning on attending the College World Series, you can leave your car at the hotel or at a designated lot and take advantage of public transportation that is specifically being implemented for the CWS.
The city will operate a Stadium Circulator, which will run every 10 minutes throughout the day for a cost of $0.25 per ride. The route will go from TD Ameritrade Park to different downtown hotels, parking garages, the Old Market and other attractions. The Stadium Express shuttles fans to the stadium from designated park-and-ride locations around Omaha.
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