A Different Role
Dave McMahon -- What was it like on the flight over to Omaha?
Derek Smith -- It was unbelievable. The plane was much bigger and all the seats were like lazy boys. It was all first class.
DM -- Who was there to greet the team when athey arrived?
DS -- We were the last team to arrive. We got in around 10:30-11:00 pm. The official committee was there with Krispy Kremes. Our hosts were from the Offutt Air Force Base. They took us out on flight simulators. It was a lot of fun.
DM -- Any place in Omaha that you remember back in 2004, that you have to go back to or that you have to go for the first time?
DS -- I like downtown Omaha. There are a lot of cool shops and restaurants. There are some good barbeque and steak places here.
DM -- Describe your first at bat in Omaha?
DS -- I didn't play in the first game. My first at bat in the second game I hit the ball well and I thought I hit a home run, but it was caught. I was nervous before the game, but once the game started I treated it like any other and just played hard.
DM -- When did you first realize you wanted to be a coach?
DS -- When I was a student, Coach Perno asked me if I wanted to be a coach and I said yes because I really did not know what else I wanted to do. My dad coached me in some of my summer league teams so I was around it back then, too.
DM -- Do any of your former Georgia teammates that are still playing treat you any different now that you are their coach?
DS -- They were tough at first, but now they are giving me more respect. One thing about ballplayers is that we are always messing with each other.
DM -- Have you talked to any of the freshmen or sophomores that have not experienced Omaha to tell them what to expect?
DS -- I talked to Gordon Beckham and he is ready. A good thing about Omaha is that you are here for awhile so you can take everything in before you go out there and play.
DM -- Do you have a favorite non-Georgia head coach or manager?
DS -- Frank Robinson. My dad liked him a lot as well. I like the way he is "old school" as he manages the Nationals.
DM -- Thank you and good luck in the College World Series.
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