After the traditional infield â€œdog pile,â€ the Finals of the 2013 NCAAÂ® Menâ€™s College World SeriesÂ® will conclude tonight or Wednesday with a Closing Ceremony and fireworks honoring the student-athletes, coaches and fans.
The student-athletes and fans will experience confetti cannons, award presentations, a fireworks display and Brian Coreyâ€™s trumpet solo of â€œTake Me Out to the Ballgame.â€
â€œThe Closing Ceremony has become one of the many great traditions as part of the Series here in Omaha,â€ said Dennis Poppe, NCAA vice president of championships and alliances. â€œTo be able to recognize and celebrate the crowning achievements for these student-athletes in this fashion is something we are proud to continue.â€
â€œClosing Ceremony is an important part of the student-athlete and fan experience at the College World Series,â€ according to Jack Diesing Jr., president of CWS of Omaha, Inc., the sponsoring organization for the Series. â€œIt is especially important after this yearâ€™s inclement weather cut short the Opening Ceremonies. The Closing Ceremony offers another chance for fans to show their appreciation to student-athletes and coaches making the 67th College World Series memorable.â€
The tournament awards presentation by Poppe, Diesing and Dennis Farrell, chair of the Division I Menâ€™s Baseball Committee and commissioner of the Big West Conference, will include the 67th NCAA national champion and runner-up trophies, the All-Tournament Team and the winner of the John D. Diesing, Sr. Most Outstanding Player Award - a miniature replica of the Road to OmahaÂ® sculpture by Omaha artist John Lajba.
The NCAAâ€™s Most Outstanding Player Award was re-named for John D. Diesing, Sr. in 1999. During his tenure as Chairman and President of the College World Series from 1964 to 1988, Diesing, Sr., helped turn the College World Series into Omahaâ€™s signature sports attraction. In 1967, he created the nonprofit CWS of Omaha Inc., which continues as the sponsoring organization of the Series.