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Jim Penders remembers being a high school recruit committed to Connecticut in 1990 when the Huskies were a No. 5 seed in the Northeast Regional held in Waterbury, Conn.

He was one of a number of kids standing behind Waterbury Municipal Stadium’s left field fence because they couldn’t get a seat. As Penders tells it, the streets were clogged with people blocking traffic. No one knew where to park. Eventually, the police made the decision to just open the gates to everyone to pack into the stadium in an attempt to clear the streets.

Twenty years later, the same type[…]


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