OMAHA—A couple of quick thoughts as we post the pregame video:
• Feedback on the new ballpark continues to be strong from players and fans in the positive direction. I suppose the news media might be the strongest "nay" vote on the new park. A lot of veterans that I've talked to in and around the media—and by "around" I mean others who help us do our jobs and are around the Series every year—continue to have our reservations. But I think that speaks more to our love of Rosenblatt Stadium and what it meant to us than it speaks negatively of the new park.
There's no doubt this place is nicer, and no doubt that it is more corporate. It's right there in the name. At the front of the old park, giant letters proclaimed, "Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium." Here, it's TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The old place belonged to the city and the people of Omaha. This place belongs (metaphorically speaking) to a corporate partner and the NCAA. It's up to you if that's a good thing or not. But the park is indisputably nicer and pretty close to big league.
• We welcome feedback to our approach with video. We recorded this one on the gazebo porch at our hotel, which seemed like a good idea at the time. It's fun for Aaron and me to talk about the game but it's also fun to write about it; we can do either one. Thanks for the interest. I hope it comes through how much we enjoy covering this event.
• If you don't want to watch the video, we both picked Florida and Vanderbilt yesterday to go to 2-0. Today, both Aaron and I pick South Carolina and Virginia.
Without further ado, here's the picks video:
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