When Virginia Athletics uses the term "Uncompromised Excellence," they mean that developing a good product on the field doesn't come at the expense of poor off-the-field citizenship. And for the most part, the program has been good at running a tight ship, keeping the players out of trouble.
Every once in a while, though, you read a particularly feel-good story about one of the programs. Yesterday, we linked you to an ESPN article on how Virginia honored fallen Detective Kerrie Orozco by delivering to her commander, Lt. Ken Kranger, an engraved bat signed by the entire team. We all had the feel-goods.
Yesterday, members of the Omaha Police Department who had worked as part of Detective Orozco's crew returned the gesture, stopping by the stadium wearing Virginia baseball caps and holding up a UVA t-shirt. They posted this from their Facebook account on Tuesday night:
Take a moment and click through and read the comments. Without a doubt, Virginia has become the hometown favorites in Omaha, which will be helpful in particular should both Virginia and the Army of LSU Fans happen to advance to the championship series.
"Really didn't care who won the CWS until now. Go Virginia!"
"Thank you to the University of Virginia. I speak for all of us when I say, you will always be welcome in Omaha. :heart: to all!"
"Didn't know I cared about baseball until Virginia!"
"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS! thank you Virginia from the bottom of our hearts and YOU ARE FAMILY! #KerrieOn #supportblue"
The comments just keep flooding in. Give it a read, wipe that tear from your eye, and be proud to call yourself a Virginia fan.