The College World Series in Omaha is drawing some die-hard fans, including one fan who is showing off his Beaver pride in a unique way.

Brian Garner is a Missouri-raised baseball lover who has draped himself in orange and black.

"I am so fanatical about Beaver baseball. I have been here the last two years, I didn't have a dog in the fight, now I got one," said Garner.

His artificial leg is inked in Beaver pride.

"I get up to Adley Rutschman, the catcher, throw my leg up there, 'Adley, would you sign my leg?' 'Yeah!' And he kinda gets up on the table," Garner said.

Then every Beaver player wanted to sign it.

"I've got right now the whole starting lineup, three of the relief pitchers, both coaches. It's just, it's amazing how things have happened to be since I became a fan and it's all because of Bryce," said Garner.

Bryce Fehmel, whose father offered his son to use the sharpie on Garner's leg during a stop at an ice cream shop in Omaha last June.

"I'm thinking, how do I get out of this? No offense but I don't even know who this guys' kid is. To make a long story short he goes, 'well, my son is Bryce Fehmel that pitched against LSU the other night and beat their butt.' I go, 'are you kiddin' me!' And Bryce is standing back about 10-feet with his mother just grinning like a kid," said Garner.

Fehmel's biggest fan, outside of his family, got emotional when sharing his Beaver "tail" with anyone who wants to hear about it in Omaha.

"I said, 'this is the coolest experience I have ever had.' And I get a text back, she said, 'I just sent your text to Bryce, we both started crying,'" said Garner.

The 61-year-old is some 430-miles from his St. Louis home to cheer on his favorite Beaver.

"I told Bryce later, 'dude, I don't do nothing short term.' I said, 'I am bleeding orange and black. I am still repping the colors and when the World Series is over, I will get back.' Yeah, oh yeah!," said Garner. "I love these kids like I do my Mizzou athletes. They are so cool, I just can't stand it."

Fehmel will take the hill for Game 2 in the College World Series Final Wednesday at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.

Garner says he is already planning on making his first trek to Corvallis next season to witness the Beavers play in Goss Stadium.

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