Before playing their first College World Series game, the Arizona Wildcats donned their red jerseys, white pants and navy caps and walked as a team to a statue outside of TD Ameritrade Park.
As cameras flashed, the UA posed for pictures in front of “The Road to Omaha,” which captures four ballplayers celebrating a national chip.
Few knew it at the time, but the photo-op was a premonition.
The UA rolled through the CWS over the next two weeks, winning all five of its games by a total score of 27-8. Monday’s 4-1 victory over two-time defending national champions South Carolina brought the program its first title since 1986.
Arizona’s two weeks on college baseball’s biggest stage were almost too detailed and too dramatic to recall here — but we’ll try.
Read our 10 favorite memories from the 2012 CWS in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.