UNDATED (WTVA) - Some Mississippi State University fans are venting on social media over comments made by ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick during Monday night's College World Series game against UCLA.
Patrick said during the broadcast, "The coaches told us this morning a lot of people came here from Mississippi...that can't afford the trip, but they came here to support their kids. They are so proud of them, and everybody is waiting for this team to explode."
Mackenzie Hemphill was one fan who expressed her displeasure. She wrote on Twitter, "Awesome being in Omaha watching Mississippi State. Best part is I only had to sell half my farm and my only pair of shoes to get here."
Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin responded to the complaints on Twitter.
"Many Bulldog fans have made sacrifices to support team in Omaha," Stricklin wrote Tuesday. "MSU appreciates ESPN's attempt to applaud the devotion our great fan base."
ESPN responded to WTVA's request for a comment, saying in a statement, "Mike was relaying information conveyed to him by the Mississippi State coaches celebrating the passion and dedication of its fan base. We look forward to continuing to showcase this great team to a national audience in Game 2 tonight."