Ramblin’ With Matt Gonzalez

Photo by Alan Tahler

Technique: What was it about Tech that made you decide to come here?

Gonzalez: It was just really close to home and I really liked the whole coaching staff. I felt really comfortable here. It was a place I thought I could come in and help the team.

Technique: Do you have any personal goals for this year?

Gonzalez: I really want to help the team make it to Omaha and just do whatever I can to contribute and make the team better.

Technique: What are your goals for the team this season?

Gonzalez: Like I said, I really want to make it to Omaha. It’s one of my goals, and I think that is the main goal for the rest of the team as well.

Technique: What’s the biggest difference between the high school and the college game?

Gonzalez: Definitely off speed pitches. College pitchers will throw off speed after off speed and you have to make an adjustment. That’s is probably the most difficult thing to get used to.

Technique: You’re batting .378 this season and you’re third on the team with 30 RBIs. How have you been able to make the adjustment to college ball so quickly?

Gonzalez: The guys in front of me are always on base. Our team is full of so many good hitters so I come up to at with guys on base all the time and I just shorten up and try to put the ball in play, try to find holes in the defense.

Technique: Playing mostly shortstop in high school, is it difficult moving to playing primarily second base?

Gonzalez: Yeah it’s kind of a difficult transition, but I’m starting to feel more comfortable over there. It took me awhile, but I’m starting to get used to it.

Technique: How excited are you about getting to play in your first Tech vs. UGA game next week?

Gonzalez: I’m really looking forward to it. My best buddy is a catcher over there so we kind of have a rivalry going on. In high school we were friends, but we would always compete against each other and try to outplay each other, so it should be fun.

Technique: What is the most challenging part of being a student athlete at Tech?

Gonzalez: I’m going to have to say Math class. For sure.

Technique: What do you hope to accomplish with the baseball program while at Tech?

Gonzalez: Just making it to Omaha. That’s my biggest goal and like I said, I want to do whatever I can to help the team make it there.

Technique: If you could hit a home run off any MLB pitcher, who would it be?

Gonzalez: I’ve got to say Justin Verlander. Just because he’s a stud, he’s the best out there.

Technique: Between Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, who do you think will have the best career?

Gonzalez: I’m a big Mike Trout fan, but I’m also a former teammate of Bryce Harper so I’m going to have to go with him.