Most magical moments of the Diamond Dogs

June 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
In Omaha college baseball will crown a new National Champion.

But it will take an improbable series of upsets to top what the Diamond Dogs pulled off back in June, 2008. Action News anchor Jason Oliveira has a look back on one of the most magical moments in bulldog history, and the impact it made on the Valley.

Fresno State Football Coach Tim Deruyter was working in Colorado in 2008 but said he remembers getting caught up in the excitement of the Bulldogs story.

"It really shows you the possibility that can happen. It fires you up. If Fresno state can win a national championship in one sport why cant it be done in another," said Deruyter.

The day after the team's championship dog pile in Omaha the players returned home to find more than 6,500 people awaiting their arrival ,with a victory parade.

"That was awesome being on top of the fire truck," said 2008 CWS most outstanding player Tommy Mendonca.

Mendonca played most of that postseason with three dislocated fingers. That toughness, along with the performance of Mendonca's teammates helped inspire future bulldogs like recent Yankees first round pick Aaron Judge to play at Fresno State.

Five years ago Fresno State made history. Five years ago the Diamond Dogs made us all believe anything was possible.

The Bulldogs Story caught the eye of ESPN. The team was nominated for an ESPN award that summer. While many players, including the entire starting infield from the 2008 squad would eventually be drafted by major league clubs.


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