This one was the Warning Track Series.
Time and again, we heard the explosion of bat on ball, looked up and saw the ball soaring toward the bleachers and history, followed by the exhale of disappointment. Caught.
That moment when the ball falls helplessly into an outfielder's glove, that's the perfect metaphor for the 2013 College World Series.
This was the CWS when a hero's sword was the well-placed bunt, not a breathtaking dinger. This was the year of the pitcher, the hit by pitch, games that turned to chess matches, won by the blink of an error.
This was a CWS that will be remembered for the long-running debate on the lack of the home run, the size of the park, a week of grumbling. The chicks who dig the long ball? They got stood up.
It was a College World Series when the conversation was more about what we didn't have, instead of what we did.
What we had was a good series. What we had were familiar faces and fresh faces. What we had was a series with energy, the energy of potential and hope.
We had Indiana, for the first time on our stage, and the possibility of a Big Ten team carrying the story through the week.
We had Omaha's team, LSU, and the chance to bring Mardi Gras downtown for the first time.