Stony Brook Baseball: Underdog Story Is Just What College World Series Needs

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJune 13, 2012

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If you aren't rooting for Stony Brook at the College World Series, you don't have a soul. 

Or, you know, you are an Arizona, UCLA, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Kent State or Arkansas supporter. That's fine, too. 

But if you don't have any prior invested interest, I don't see how you can't fall in love with the Stony Brook story.

Back before the Seawolves—that's another thing. It's hard not to love a team whose nickname is the Seawolves—rolled through the American East tournament, NCAA had them ranked 86th in the country. 


The magical story doesn't stop there.

Once at the Coral Gable Regionals, No. 4 (out of four) Stony Brook rolled through Miami, UCF and Missouri State to advance to the Super Regionals. 

All the Seawolves had to do was beat No. 1 LSU. In Baton Rouge. The Tigers took the first game, but Stony Brook won the next two and now they are heading to the College World Series.

And they were ranked 86th just a few weeks ago. So this is the equivalent of Washington State's basketball team, which made the CBI in 2012, making a run to the Final Four. 

Of the other seven teams to make the CWS, five were ranked No. 1 in their region, while Arkansas was ranked No. 2 and Kent State was ranked No. 3. 

I'll be the first to admit that I, although being a steady baseball fan, never really get caught up in the college baseball playoffs. They just don't do it for me like the NCAA basketball tournament always does.

The biggest reason? A lack of magic. 

Well, Stony Brook is that infusion of magic. Stony Brook is the underdog story that will be made into a Disney movie starring Kevin Costner. Stony Brook is the reason I'm (and probably thousands of others who never watch) going to watch the College World Series this year.

Stony Brook, at least for one year, has saved the College World Series, which has always been lacking the certain "umph" factor.

For one non-powerhouse school to save and turn a normally lacking tournament into must-see TV is quite the feat, and for the next few weeks, I'm jumping on the bandwagon.