quote: It’s hard to describe, but here’s an old story to try. Back in the late 1990s, an LSU fan named Russell Mendoza was here on his umpteenth trip to the CWS, to follow his Tigers, party the week away. Only this time was different. This time, Russell had cancer. His prognosis wasn’t good. Mendoza canceled some appointments to chemotherapy in order to go to the CWS. He would die months later. But before his final CWS, Mendoza’s doctor asked him what was so important about going to Omaha. “Doc, we don’t know if that chemo is going to work,” Mendoza said. “But the College World Series always works.”
It's a crazy world. I actually knew Russell pretty well. He was married to my wife's cousin and we played quite a few rounds of golf together back in the 80's and 90's, and he never missed a family gathering. He was a great guy.
But here's the thing, I had never heard that quote he is credited with in the story. I'm just reading the story like every one else, and out of nowhere here is this little aside about my ole buddy Russell...knocked me for a loop.
Mad me a little sad, but in the end it made me more happy than sad and added to the great memories I have of him. Sounds just like the kinda thing he would have said! Here's to you Russell.