For as many little boys and girls play little league, you don’t hear much about either baseball or softball in the college ranks.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, the paper from the city that hosts the College World Series every June, last year’s tournament was down in attendance from the record-setting number of 353,378 in 2015. Through 10 games in 2016, TD Ameritrade Park had seen 211,999 tickets sold compared to the 228,806 at the same mark the previous year.
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It seems that the college diamond just isn’t as exciting as the boys playing in the majors to a lot of people.
It’s a shame, really; not just for the sports of baseball and softball themselves, but for the never-seen-before/won’t-see-again moments.
Like this one, which happened on April 15th as the Florida Gators went up against the Vanderbilt Commodores:
— Mike Strasinger (@mikestrasinger) April 15, 2017
If you can’t exactly make out what happened there, Florida’s catcher J.J. Schwartz drove in two runs in the top of the third en route to the Gators’ manhandling of a very good ‘Dores team 20-8.
But as he connects, something very rarely seen in college baseball happened:
They don't make aluminum bats like they used to… ? pic.twitter.com/ix2eMBisB9
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 15, 2017
As odd of a scene it is to watch an aluminum bat break at the plate, here’s something that makes the feat even stranger: Back in the 2011 College World Series, UF’s Mike Zunino (now with the Mariners) also broke his aluminum bat against…Vandy. His position? Catcher.