Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - It was one of the most memorable images of the 2016 College World Series, caught by an ESPN camera. Wildcat first baseman Cody Ramer with his head in his hands. Arizona head coach Jay Johnson with his arm draped around him, his other arm draped around pitcher Nathan Bannister whose own arm was draped around first baseman Ryan Aguilar. The expressions on their faces varied but the emotions were the same. All sat there watching Coastal Carolina celebrate the 2016 College World Series title on the mound.
Months later, I asked Johnson about that moment and what was going through his mind sitting there with his three crucial members of his team. Here is what he had to say.
"You look at Cody right there, Cody Ramer was the best player in the Pac-12. We're not even touching the College World Series without him and his play and the story of his evolution as a player. For three years he was a back-up player. That was a tough, tough game for him making that error, which I don't even think of that error when I think of the final game. If I ever had a son, I would want him to be like Cody Ramer. That's my feelings for him.