Sr. VP of Baseball Operations for the San Diego Padres...

Sr. VP of Baseball Operations for the San Diego Padres and former Mets general manager Omar Minaya looks on during the Stony Brook University baseball team's workout at Stony Brook University Tuesday. (June 12, 2012) Credit: Barry Sloan

The Stony Brook bandwagon keeps getting bigger.

Former Mets general manager Omar Minaya visited the campus Tuesday to address the team and watch a rain-shortened practice at Joe Nathan Field.

"I think this team plays with a lot of heart,'' Minaya said. "They went out and beat a great LSU team and they beat them at LSU. That just doesn't happen. They play the game right and it's a credit to their coach and it's a credit to the whole baseball program.''

Minaya, now the senior vice president of baseball operations for the San Diego Padres, drafted a pair of Seawolves last week -- outfielder Travis Jankowski and second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum.

Minaya spoke to the players in the Stony Brook dugout, wishing them well as they prepared to leave Wednesday for the College World Series in Omaha Stony Brook plays its first game Friday. Minaya said he was swept up in the Cinderella story.

"Them going to the College World Series, representing the Northeast, it's a good baseball story, it's a New York story,'' he said.

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