Countdown to First Pitch: 3 Days (Patrick Long Q&A)

Feb. 16, 2010

The Georgia Tech baseball team begins the 2010 season Friday, Feb. 19 when it opens a three-game series with Missouri State. With preseason practice underway, fans can check out RamblinWreck.com to find blogs, video interviews and Q&A’s by members of the 2010 squad about their lives as college students, what’s going on in practice, and their excitement about the upcoming season in the countdown to first pitch series.

Today’s Q&A is with senior second baseman/pitcher Patrick Long.

Born: February 9, 1988 in Richmond, VA
Status: Living the dream
High School Alma Mater: The Hawks of Hanover High School
What’s on TV: I’m more of a movie guy but I’m waiting for the next season of Entourage
What’s in my iPod: Everything. Some Garth Brooks, The Boss, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem, but mostly Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus
What I drive: 1999 Ford Explorer
What I’m Reading: Aside from textbooks and case studies, Have A Little Faith and For One More Day by Mitch Albom, also The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Worst Habit: I’m rarely on time (unless it’s important), returning phone calls (unless I want to talk to you), and playing with fire

On my Bedroom Walls: Holes from the last person who lived there and lots of paint
Would Love to Trade Places With for a Day: Steve Tamborra, our strength coach.
First Job: Dealt craps and blackjack at parties and fundraisers for a family friend’s business
Talent I’d Love to Have: Anything with music; Play an instrument (guitar or the like), be able to sing
Favorite Meal: I like to eat. Chicken Parmesan, Enchiladas, Virginia or North Carolina BBQ (just not all at once)
Favorite Athletes to Watch in Other Sports: I’m pretty pumped for the U.S. Curling team to compete in the Olympics
The Celebrity Some People Say I Look Like: Brett Favre, but only when I wear a beanie and have a 3 day beard (except mine isn’t grey)

One Coaching Peer I Truly Respect: Steve Tamborra, Charlie Dragum
My Teammate Who Will Make the Best Pro: As far as baseball goes, Deck McGuire but Matt Simonds will be the best at anything else
Favorite City to Visit: Boston. Their accents crack me up.
Favorite Team as a Kid: Da Bulls, Da Bulls, Da Bulls. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were ballers.
Favorite Values in Others: Trustworthy, selfless, fun-loving
Favorite Attribute About Myself: My eyes
Least Favorite Attribute: My hamate bone, so I had it removed back in the fall

My Bat of Choice: A wooden one, preferably Rawlings or Louisville Slugger
My Glove of Choice: Batting gloves
My Dream Date Would Be With: Carrie Underwood
My Heroes: My parents
My Bucket List: Travel throughout Europe, especially Italy and Greece, Drive a racecar
My motto: “What you do in life echoes in eternity.”

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