CWS 2013: Old And New Part Of Greatest Show On Dirt

By: John Chapman, The Associated Press Email
By: John Chapman, The Associated Press Email
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The city is about to shift into baseball gear with the College World Series once again on its way to town. Officials gave us a peek Wednesday of what to expect this year.

This is the 64th year in a row that Omaha has hosted the CWS. There are some new things to look for while some traditions continue. The Union Pacific train is a new tradition. It was moved into place outside of TD Ameritrade Park as fans lined up to watch.

Fed up with fans interrupting College World Series games by running onto the field, officials are warning of full prosecution for anyone who pulls such a stunt.

Omaha city prosecutor David Smalheiser said he didn't know how many people have been ticketed in recent years. According to media reports, six people were cited last year alone, including a 17-year-old girl who patted the backsides of two players while security personnel chased her.

Smalheiser said trespassers face six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Dennis Poppe of the NCAA said "idiots" who run onto the field are spoiling what for most players is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play for a national championship.

Also look for instant replay to play a role in this year’s series.

This year the series goes high tech. All you need is a smartphone to read plaques that have been placed all over town. One of the things you might find on the app is a College World Series menu. This year the menu is loaded with local goodies, including the Midwestern monster burger and giant sausages.

Everything starts at 9 a.m. Friday when you can watch the teams practice and get autographs. Fanfest opens at 10 a.m., The Road to Omaha Jam is at 6 p.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 8:30 p.m.

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