It doesn't come along often that days just seem to work out for you, but sometime when the stars are all aligned, great days turn into great nights, and when you look back the results are unbelievable.
CSUB Athletics had one of the those days last Thursday. It started with a local business, Guarantee Shoe Center, holding a press conference to announce not only their 60th anniversary of doing business in downtown Bakersfield, but that they are partnering with CSUB Athletics and this season have created an offer on the backs of all ticket stubs at Roadrunner games. If fans bring their ticket stubs into the store and make a purchase, 10 percent of that sale goes to the Roadrunner Scholarship Fund. A creative and generous idea from a community supporter.
But the day was just getting started, as later that evening we held our WAC Soccer Kickoff Dinner for the men's soccer team at Lengthwise (owned by a CSUB student-athlete alum) where former Roadrunner and current LA Galaxy star Gyasi Zardes was in attendance.
The event was unbelievable, the weather on the party patio perfect and the money flowed from supporters who purchased everything from Zardes' autographed Galaxy jerseys to his actual CSUB uniform from a year ago.
The greatest part was the interaction.
Zardes, who regularly plays alongside MLS greats like Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, spent the evening talking with fans, signing hundreds of autographs and taking too many pictures to count. As the evening was coming to an end and the crowd thinning, I saw Gyasi standing by a woman in a Galaxy jersey who was holding up her cell phone. Turns out he was video chatting with her friend who was a huge Galaxy fan but couldn't make the event. What a technology-driven world right? What a humble young man willing to take that kind of time out of his busy professional life.
Down the street that evening, as the Zardes event continued, Roadrunner volleyball was hosting first-place and Western Athletic Conference unbeaten New Mexico State at the Icardo Center. Early on it wasn't going the 'Runners way at all. Down 2-0 after the first two sets, the magic of the evening finally shifted into Bakersfield's favor. Three sets later, the Roadrunners had handed the Aggies their first loss in WAC play via an improbable comeback. The night was complete.
You can't really describe those sorts of days when it all works out. It seems like more often than not, everything is coming your way and you realize you're in the wrong lane. But sometimes it's the opposite and you're out in front of a surging momentum. You hope to keep it going but you know it will eventually end.
Here's to more days like last Thursday, may they come around more often.
COREY COSTELLOE, a Tehachapi High graduate, is Director of New Media and Broadcasting for California State University Bakersfield.