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.

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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 EconomyBeat.org, 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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