Last night the Cal baseball team eliminated Dallas Baptist from the Super Regionals to move on to the College World Series in Omaha, June 18 – 29. This will be the first World Series appearance for the team, which until recently was slated for elimination itself — not just from the tournament, but from existence — since 1992.

Someone at the game captured the final out and pile-on celebration at the mound in this video. Note to fan for future videography: Try and wait for the play to be completed before shakily rejoicing. On the other hand, the video sort of captures the irrepressible thrill of victory that overwhelms all other considerations when it occurs.

Stanford, by the way, was eliminated from the tournament by North Carolina on Saturday.

Video: Final Out and Celebration as Cal Goes to College World Series 13 June,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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