Nathan, the most famous baseball alum of the school, watched the Seawolves' winner-take-all Game 3 of their super regional against LSU during the Rangers' long plane flight back from San Francisco on Sunday night. Nathan said it was clear his teammates were pulling for Stony Brook.
"It was really a pleasure being on the flight, and this flight we had DirecTV and [I] was able to watch the game very closely," Nathan said. "I had the whole Rangers team rooting them on. It was a pretty cool experience watching the ballgame."
Nathan's alma mater is the underdog story of the 2012 College World Series, earning a spot after winning the Coral Gables regional at Miami as a No. 4 seed. Stony Brook won three elimination games to win that regional. They then knocked off favored LSU in Baton Rouge in the super regional. Stony Brook lost the first game of the best-of-three series but came back to win the final two and advance to its first College World Series, which starts Friday in Omaha, Neb.
"I don't want to call it an upset," Nathan said. "I truly felt like these guys could come in and do something special."
Nathan, 37, is thankful for his baseball and academic education at Stony Brook. He donated $500,000 to help get Joe Nathan Field built. It opened a little more than a year ago and he attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.