Tiger fever invades Baton Rouge

By Tyana Williams - bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - All day Thursday, Tiger fans were on the prowl for commemorative gear. Not only were they grabbing up everything purple and gold or baseball related, by the hand full, but fans also compared what they believe to be the best moments of the game.

It's the talk of the town. The moment Tiger fans everywhere were waiting for. "Nobody remembers second place," said Mike Lee. "They will remember first, so LSU Tigers, coaching, fans, thanks for the memory."

With Wednesday night's win, a fan frenzy, nine years in the making, is on. Registers are spitting out receipts as fast as cashiers ring up the goods. Covered in LSU gear, making their way through the shops, purple and gold fans are shelling out the green in their search for the newest Tiger Baseball National Championship shirt. "Looking for shirts and hat, whatever else I can find," said Dave Lankford. "Anything with Tigers on it, I'll buy."

Dan McNamara with Bayou Apparel is responsible for printing the sought-after shirts. He says after the 7th inning, he hit the start button and the orders keep coming. "Oh, we've got probably about 15 more stops to make, then we'll continue through the night and morning," he said. "I have five so far and I'm not finished," said another shopper.

As they load their arms with shirts, they are remembering the highs and lows. "The best part was the first homerun that got them started," said Judy Easterly. "Well, I was yelling at the TV last night when we were tied four to four, but I would have died last night if we lost."

Last year, these same fans watched the Tigers' short stay in Omaha. This year, they say they watched as the true champions were named. "They showed character, they stuck together, they played as a team, and they won it," said Lee. "Congratulations and you showed real well for the state of Louisiana," said Kim Pilcher.

Dan McNamara says by late Wednesday night he'll have printed 20,000 shirts. If you're still looking for baseball gear, Dan will be making runs to Tiger Mania, Athletic Department, Purple and Gold Sports, and Tiger Town in Shreveport.

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