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Omaha Diary: Autographs and Intros

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One of the most popular events for the locals are the team autograph sessions after each batting practice. Thirty minutes after a team concludes practice, they have a half hour autograph session for fans. Nearly 200 people were lined up before the team even took their seats.

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dyson.jpgNick Ebert earned the Gamecocks a local fan with his hairstyle choice:

ebert mohawk.jpgLater in the evening, the public was invited back to Rosenblatt Stadium for the College World Series Opening Ceremonies. There appeared to be about 10,000 people in attendance. Each team was introduced one at a time and walked in from the outfield while a brief team highlight video played on the board. The Gamecocks received a very positive response from the Omaha crowd.

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enter vid.jpgAfter the introductions, academic awards were given to the player on each team with the highest GPA as well as a team award to the school with the best overall GPA at the College World Series. Michael Roth won the Gamecock individual award with a 3.82 GPA and South Carolina won the overall team award with a 3.12 GPA.

Each member of the CWS Legends team that was able to attend walked on-field wearing their alma mater's hat and received a commemorative bat. South Carolina honoree Landon Powell was unable to attend. Barry Bonds, Nomar Garciaparra, Robin Ventura, Will Clark and Todd Walker all came out to strong applause. To end the evening and officially open the CWS, an excellent 15-minute firework show entertained the crowd. The games begin today at 2 p.m. ET when Florida State faces TCU.

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