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College World Series fans — young and old — are making time this week to visit the little baseball diamond on the former Rosenblatt Stadium site.
That was certainly evident Tuesday, when a midmorning shower failed to put a damper on things.
One minute, 4-year-old Briggs Luedke of Kearney was running along the rubber basepaths as fast as his little legs would carry him.
The next, 88-year-old Rowan Taylor of Jackson, Miss., was rolling toward home plate in his wheelchair.
Fans have flocked to see Johnny Rosenblatt's Infield at the Zoo, a new memorial for the stadium that played host to the CWS for 60 years. The Little League-size infield includes several nods to the former Rosenblatt days, including a home plate that sits in the same spot as in the old stadium.
“I think they did a real good job with this,'' said Rick Clary of San Antonio. “We hated to see Rosenblatt go, but it's nice they put up something so we don't forget it.''
Clary, his wife, Pam, and 16-year-old son, Heath, took their time while strolling around the infield. Plaques honor the stadium's baseball past, and Clary said it was just fun to reminisce.
“We came to our first series in 2003,” he said. “We didn't really know what to expect today when we pulled up here, but I think they did a great job with it.''
Rosenblatt's rich history is reflected in several nice touches.
Bricks from the entrance of Rosenblatt line the new concourse of the small field, and the structure is painted the same shade of blue as the old stadium. The Rosenblatt arch that sat on top of the stadium's scoreboard also is there.
The familiar red, yellow and blue seats are lined up outside the baselines, and the yellow foul poles stand as silent sentinels down the left- and right-field lines.
That attention to detail hasn't been lost on the fans. The sampling Tuesday included fans from Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon and Nebraska.
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