Go Bears!

We couldn’t help but feel a little teary-eyed after Danny Fry’s closing statement and the unfortunate realization that the ride is actually over — Cal baseball’s Cinderella season has officially ended. As much as we really hoped our team would swing their bats all the way to a championship trophy, we at the Clog understand that this should not be a time for disappointment but for celebration. Cal baseball, against all possible odds, showed true Golden Bear valor throughout a tumultuous season that began with an uncertain future and ended at college baseball’s biggest stage.

In September, Cal baseball became one of five sports cut by the college because of budgeting. These cuts were set to begin during the 2011-2012 school year, meaning that this would have been Cal baseball’s final season. Nine months later, a reinstated baseball team ended their “never-say-die” season in Omaha, Nebraska. While they did come a few wins short of a championship trophy, this team is definitely not going home empty-handed.

In May, sophomore second baseman Tony Renda was named the Pac-10 player of the year, becoming only the third Golden Bear to receive this prestigious award.

A week later, Cal demonstrated its resilience to the country as they knocked in four runs in the final inning of an elimination game to upset Baylor 9-8 and move on to the Super Regionals.

After dominating the Super Regionals against Dallas Baptist, Cal, the team that played every game like it was the program’s last even after their reinstatement, managed to reach the College World Series for only the sixth time in school history.

Finally, before achieving their first College World Series victory in 31 years, Cal coach David Esquer was named the National Coach of the Year.

Although there won’t be a third national championship trophy added to our display case, this Cal team (uh-oh, here comes the cliché) collectively showed the hearts of champions, leading us to propose that there still be a grand victory parade held on Telegraph Avenue next week. While we will allow someone else to plan it, we do ask that there be blue and gold confetti with each of the players’ Facebook profile pictures hand-painted onto each confetto.

Congratulations Cal baseball and thank you for the amazing ride! You made us all proud!

Image Source: BlakeRead under Creative Commons
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