Wally Pontiff, Sr. Talks College World Series Bound Tigers
Wally Pontiff, Sr. Plans to be at this year’s College World Series cheering-on the Tigers as they go for a seventh championship.
“He is smiling, and you know Wally loved LSU,” says Wally, Sr. who still collects mementos and tributes to his son Wally Jr. whose life ended unexpectedly 11 years ago.
Wally, Sr. says his son would be proud of the Omaha squad, “I would probably have a hard time keeping him from going on Friday.”
He’ll tell any LSU fan, a trip to the College World Series is an experience of a lifetime, “They open the doors to us. That’s from the city workers to policemen to restaurants. You know what? I tell them, go up there. You will always have some Tiger that will take care of you.”
Wally, Sr. says this LSU baseball team reminds him of the 2009 team who won it all, “Cause they got a bunch of seniors. Guys that stuck together and stayed in the program.”
He thinks the UCLA Bruins are a formidable first round opponent, “They match up pretty good with us. They have a great pitcher like we do, so it’s going to be a challenge for us but I think we got the team that can do it all.”
This will be the Tigers 16th College World Series appearance.
The Wally Pontiff, Jr. foundation is still going strong, “We are fortunate that so many people over the last 11 years have supported our foundation. When he was living, he always said, If I make it as a big leaguer or as a doctor, I want to give back. And that’s what we’re doing for him.”
Sundays opening pitch for game one against UCLA is at 7pm.
Wally Pontiff, Jr, Foundation http://www.wallypontiffjr.org/