Summer News and Notes

Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's summer so far.

Mark Richt threw out the first pitch at the Atlanta Braves game on Monday. It was a fun moment, but not without stress, he said. After warming up, Richt was warned by a Braves executive not to throw his ceremonial pitch from the mound, he said.

"He said, ‘No matter how much you've warmed up, if you throw off the mound, it's going to go in the dirt,'" Richt said. "I'm like, ‘OK, thanks for the hint.' I said, ‘People won't (heckle) me for that?' He said, ‘No, they'll (heckle) you if you throw it in the ground.'"

However, Richt was shamed into changing his mind by the female employee who sends out the honorary pitchers.

"She said, ‘Come on, you're the head coach at Georgia, you have to go on the mound,'" Richt said.

In the end, Richt walked up on the mound and threw a ball that went over the plate and "would have been a strike if the batter was about 9 feet tall."

"It had a little zip on it," he said.

Baseball was Richt's first sports love, he said, but he gave it up after his sophomore year of high school to concentrate on football.

THE MUNSON STORY: Georgia play-by-play voice Larry Munson alluded to a possible retirement in his Christmas card, Richt said.

"But he probably does that every year," Richt said.

For Richt, picking a favorite Munson call is easy, he said. The 2002 Tennessee game, Georgia's last-second upset in Neyland Stadium.

"It was the first time we did something that was dramatic enough to be considered one of his greatest calls," Richt said.

THIS AND THAT: Senior running back Thomas Brown is 100 percent ready to go after suffering an ACL tear last year, Richt said. … Signee Aron White weighs in the mid-220s and probably will be a tight end if he puts on a few more pounds before the season, Richt said. … Redshirt freshman tight end Na Derris Ward is fully recovered from a shoulder injury that kept him out of spring practice, Richt said.


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