Sept. 30, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State third baseman Tommy Mendonca earned the title of College World Series Most Valuable Player after the conclusion of the 2008 tournament. Mendonca hit four homeruns and made plays at third base that made the crowd ooh and ahh.
After being awarded MVP, Mendonca was given the trophy, a miniature replica of the statue outside Rosenblatt Stadium. Mendonca was able to hold it and take pictures with the trophy before it was whisked away to send to Fresno.
While Mendonca was overseas playing with Team USA, his MVP trophy arrived. But, the trophy came to town in several pieces. The trophy was sent back while Mendonca was playing with Team USA.
After returning from playing in Europe, Mendonca waited patiently for his MVP trophy and asked daily when he would finally get to take it home. The trophy was insured and able to be repaired.
"I was gone when the trophy came in and I was told it had to be sent back to get fixed," said Mendonca. "I finally get to take it home. It will go somewhere where it can be seen, but not taken. It will probably go home to Turlock."
Finally after three months the Trophy made it to Fresno in one piece and Mendonca was able to take it home.
"It is a lot heavier than I remember," Mendonca said.
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