The winners of college baseball returned home with a big smile, symbolic stories, and a championship trophy that Oregon State University unequivocally put on the pantheon of baseballelites.
More than 1,000 fans flocked to downtown Portland to welcome the beavers after their visit triumphantly, deja vu-like through the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
While clerks peered from the windows of the skyscrapers to the Pioneer Courthouse Square, Beavers supporters in black and orange kept serenading the team for almost half a minute.
Oregon State defeated Arkansas on Thursday to win its third national championship of the century. No other NCAA Division I College Baseball team has had so many titles since 2000.
"To win three national championships just tell you what happened when we had the opportunity to go out and compete," said Pat Casey, the Beavers coach since 1
now? Not only is Oregon State dominating in baseball, but the program has compiled the most successful run among all state college sports and professional teams.
"This team has made Beaver believers from every single Oregonian!" Governor Kate Brown announced during the team's 80-minute afternoon rally.
The celebration started at Portland International Airport less than 18 hours after Oregon State led rookie Kevin Abel's matchless pitching to a 5-0 win over the Razorbacks.
Two fire engines blew up an archway of water through which the Oregon State plane rolled on the airport's runway. Benny the Beaver, the team's mascot, appeared in the midst of cheers as the players came after him.
Players gathered around an open box of gray T-shirts and declared them National Champions before entering two stretch lobster sedans. a white, for their trip to the city center.
Arriving just before 12.30, the limousines pulled alongside Southwest Broadway. Catcher Adley Rutschman, who was named the most outstanding player in the College World Series, sat smilingly through the sunroof, carrying the team's trophy.
Someone asked if he was sick of stopping it. "It's hard," he confessed.
Fans from all over the state came to celebrate with the beavers. Paul Shanno and his wife, both OSU graduates of the 1960s, drove away from Dufur in central Oregon for about two hours to cheer on the troupe they saw religiously on television.
"We watched them all year," said Dixie Shanno. Feel as if we know the team personally.
Aubree Swalko, an Oregon State graduate in 2011, sees herself as a fair-weather fanatic, but she could not miss the party, where many spectators stood in a long line to win one of 2,000 championship T-shirts
"I'm really proud to be a beaver," she said, "This national recognition lets people understand just how special Corvallis is."
Ashley Wood A 2010 graduate of Oregon Football, wearing a jersey of blue medical scrubs, the medical assistant coordinated her lunch to make sure she was holding the celebration.
A stubborn fan, Wood missed the parties in 2006 and 2007 The Beaver, as they drove back from Omaha to Oregon after witnessing the team's personal victories, Wood said she was impressed that the beaver won despite star players who did not perform well could in
"It literally took the entire team, and that's great," she said.
The third nation of the Beavers Championship shares many similarities with its first.
Like the 2006 team, Oregon State lost its opening game at the University World Cup, which puts it on the verge of retirement, only to recover with a series of wins.
"When I look at what happened this year, the courage, the determination, I think of the strength this team has," said Scott Barnes, Athletic Director of Oregon State. "Back to the wall, never stop."
Like the 2006 team, Oregon State also lost its opening match of the three-game final before winning two titles.
"I know, we" We'll remember that for the rest of our lives, "said Infielder Nick Madrigal, who finished fourth in Major League Baseball 2018, the highest award ever for a Beaver. 19659002] And like the 2006 team, Oregon State (55-12-1) made a stop at the Pioneer Courthouse Square before heading to Corvallis to celebrate with the locals.
"We have some of these guys from these One of those players was outfielder Jack Anderson.
The native of Lake Oswego remembered the first rally of the beaver as a 12-year-old from the United States.
Well, he belonged to a team – make it into a program of champions.
"That's when my dream became a beaver," Anderson told the crowd, a band of youngsters Beavers fans who From there watch
"Dream on," Anderson added. "You never know where this game will take you."