After a night in Des Moines, we pressed on to Omaha, Nebraska, home of the College World Series since 1950. The Division 1 Championship is decided at the picturesque Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, a world-class venue seating 23,170. After we parked, we entered the stadium, ready to take in baseball in its purest form, absent commercial hype and played for fun.

When the dust settled, Rice University took home the NCAA trophy after trouncing Stanford 14-2 in the last game of the best-of-three series. The play was intense but with an air of family. From T-ball to the big leagues, baseball and America are alive and well. Anyone with a bat, ball, and mitt can live the nation's game.

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