Family Ties

Designated Hitter Matt Robbins is ready for this Thursday. On Thursday, he and the Georgia baseball team travel to Turner Field to face in-state rival Georgia Tech. Matt has another reason to get pumped up for this big game, his brother Whit is an infielder for the Yellow Jackets. The two teams have split the series so far with both winning on their home fields. The Bulldogs have won 7 straight, a streak which started with a win over Tech. A day before the crucial rubber game, Matt talked to me.

Dave McMahon -- You play for Georgia, and your brother plays for Georgia Tech, were you always a Dawg fan?

Matt Robbins -- I always have been a Bulldog fan. I am living a dream playing for Georgia.

DM -- Was your brother always a Tech fan?

MR -- Actually he liked Georgia growing up... But he made the right decision playing for them. He is better suited for them and he had a lot of friends that were going there as well.

DM -- Who do your parents cheer for when the two of you play?

MR -- They both wear white and cheer for both of us equally. They just sit on their hands and want both of us to do well.

DM -- This is not a SEC game, but it is still real big, right?

MR -- It is big... The winner wins the season series and would have bragging rights for another year with a win.

DM -- Your first career home run came against Georgia Tech and it was at Turner Field... take us back to that game in 2004?

MR -- It was either a 3-0 or 3-1 pitch off of Jared Hyatt. He threw a fastball and I hit it well. Unfortunately we lost the game.

DM -- You are still hitting over .300 this year, but you haven't played as much as you did in the beginning of the year, how do you stay focussed if you are not in the game?

MR -- You always have to have the same approach and just go out there and play hard. We've been winning lately and that is what matters.

DM -- You mentioned winning, how does the team keep winning the rest of the season?

MR -- Just play the way we have lately... a complete game... We are pitching well, hitting well and playing good defense.

DM -- Thank you for your time.

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