The College World Series-bound Titan baseball team from California State University, Fullerton, will get a rousing send-off Saturday, June 13, at a rally in Downtown Fullerton.
The festivities will take place from 10-11 a.m. on Harbor Boulevard, between Commonwealth and Chapman avenues.
The event is being sponsored by the City of Fullerton, the Fullerton Downtown Buisness Association, and Cal State Fullerton.
The rally will coincide with the No. 2-seeded Titans opening the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
In addition to the rally, a banner honoring the Titans will be raised by the city on the railroad bridge that crosses Harbor at Santa Fe Avenue, the entrance to the city’s historic downtown.
This is the 16th time in the university’s baseball program that the Titans are among the “Elite 8” in the College World Series field. In the 11th year of the Super Regional format, the Titans advanced for the seventh time to Omaha. Cal State Fullerton leads all schools in number of appearances in this format.
The four-time National Champion Titans will grace Rosenblatt Stadium on their fourth trip in the last six seasons of the College World Series. Titan skipper, Dave Serrano, is hoping to make good on this year’s team slogan “First to Practice; Last to Play.”
Fullerton Mayor Pro Tem Pam Keller is urging all citizens to turn out for the rally. “We want to root our Titans on to victory and send some Fullerton pride back to Omaha,” she said. “This is a chance to showcase our team and city to the rest of America.”
Mike Ritto of the Fullerton Downtown Business Association is also hoping a large crowd will turn out for the event. “We were the first to practice and hope to be the last to play this year,” he said, referring to the Titans opening practice on midnight on Feb. 1, 2009.
At the rally, the University will be selling Titan merchandise.
Following the rally, many downtown restaurants will be showing the Titan game and offering food and drink specials in honor of the team.