Well, it wasn’t quite midnight, but even Cinderella has to leave the ball early when she makes three errors, throws five pitchers, and goes 2 for 12 with runners on. While Cal’s College World Series elimination at the hands of Virginia yesterday left the team a few chapters short of a true storybook finish, it was a memorable season nonetheless, as the prospect of extinction at the hands of UC budget cutters hung over the team until April, when university officials reinstated the program after a massive fundraising effort by alumni.

The players helped, too. Witness the Cal Baseball Reinstatement Rap,” a YouTube hit first posted in February, featuring Cal pitcher Eric Walbridge, infielder Derek Campbell and catcher Andrew Knapp.

“Yeah, raise your hand if you still got a program,” the video starts.

Yep, they still do.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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