Over the next several days Kornblut will be sharing some of his personal stories from Omaha. He’ll tell you about the sites, the sounds and the smells of the American Midwest. And maybe, if you are lucky that is, he will share his “Mike Morgan endorsed” surefire way to win at Roulette.
Some of the names in these stories may have been changed to protect the innocent.
It’s not easy for the teams to make it to Omaha. Their road was a difficult one. It wasn’t easy for me to make it to Omaha. My road was a long one.
Friday started with a 2:30 am wake up, an hour ride to the Florence Airport, and a 5:30 AM takeoff on a twin prop straight out of Haney Airlines. Touchdown in Charlotte at 6:00, depart at 7:50, and arrive in Kansas City at 9:30 local time. From there, it’s normally a two-hour car ride to Omaha. But with I-29 blocked by the floods 60 miles out, traffic is being diverted. It’s a beautiful drive through the Missouri and Iowa countryside, and I saw windmill farms for the first time. An awesome sight. But I could have done without the extra hour in the car. But like the players who put all the hard work to make it to the CWS, the travel headaches were well worth it.
How often does one get to heaven? Baseball heaven, that is.