Omaha dreams

“Two outs, bottom of the ninth with bases loaded and the pressure is on,” is a well-known phrase for kids playing in their backyards dreaming up the perfect scenario for a game-winning hit. Do we really understand what goes on in the life of a baseball player and the road that’s travelled to that all so familiar scenario? There are many college baseball players who are attempting to figure out how to accomplish the goal of getting to, and then winning, the College World Series, including UVU’s players. As the College World Series plays out this week in Omaha, Neb., we take a look at what it is like to be a player with the dream of Omaha on their mind. The road to Omaha is a long one that many are happy to travel. “It means everything and watching it on TV, it looks awesome,” said Jace Brinkerhoff, former UVU baseball player. Players sacrifice job opportunities, social lives and endure long road trips to chase their dreams at Omaha. Teams start in the fall with practices full of long, early morning conditioning and days of honing their skills on the field to be ready for the season to start. Players set their sights on goals they’ve set as a team and prepare over the winter both mentally and physically for opening day in February. The season arrives and...

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