|The Seawolves arrived at TD Ameritrade Stadium.|
There wasn't enough time to accommodate all the media requests after yesterday's batting practice, and the NCAA has actually admitted that it's never seen such media attention for one team.
It only got better Friday when Coach Matt Senk received the NCBWA Coach of the Year award at a morning press conference. A couple of hours later, fans quickly gathered on the sidewalk with their cameras out as the Stony Brook bus arrived at the stadium and disembarked.
Wolfie has also become a sensation in Omaha, making friends on the streets. Local news omaha.com put together the following video on the mascot's and the team's popularity.
The word of their popularity has reached back home. Greg Logan published a piece for Newsday about the new-found stardom, mentioning how third baseman Willie Carmona's twitter followers have increased from 80 to 600.
"The reaction was absolutely phenomenal, beyond my wildest expectations," Senk said Thursday. "Specifically, that autograph session was absolutely insane. To have so many people lined up to ask for our players' autographs and wish us good luck, we felt badly when we had to [leave].
Even though Thursday night's opening ceremonies were cancelled due to severe thunderstorms with heavy rain and winds around 60 mph, the players from all the teams still had a smaller event which included former MLB player Nomar Garciaparra. It was the Seawolves' turn to be starstruck as they posed for photos with the Georgia Tech alum. Photos of the event can be found on Omaha.com here.
And with a national audience watching the games on the ESPN family of networks this weekend -- and hopefully beyond -- Stony Brook University produced a new :30 TV spot to air live during the coverage. Take a sneak peak of the ad here below.