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Countdown to First Pitch (10 days): Chase Butler and Paul Kronenfeld

Feb. 8, 2011

The Georgia Tech baseball team begins the 2011 season Friday, Feb. 18 when it opens a three-game series with Kent State. With seventeen newcomers on the 2011 team, RamblinWreck.com will hold a Q&A with at least one freshman everyday until opening day in the “Countdown to first pitch” series.

Today’s feature is with third baseman Chase Butler and outfielder/first baseman Paul Kronenfeld.

Chase Butler

3B / R-R/ 5-10 / 202

Rome, Ga. (Darlington School)

RW.com: Name one thing that fans don’t know about you…
CB: I love to hunt almost as I love playing baseball

RW.com: If you could bring one thing from your hometown, what would it be?
CB: The woods that I hunt in

RW.com: Why did you choose Georgia Tech?
CB: Loved the coaching staff and had a lot of friends coming in with me and a lot already here

RW.com: What is the best piece of advice that a coach gave you?
CB: Control only what you can control and play hard

RW.com: What event has most shaped your life?
CB: When I found Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior

RW.com: What player, if any, do you pattern your game after?
CB: David Wright

RW.com: Do you have any game or practice superstitions?
CB: I always tie my right shoe first and pray before I step on the field

RW.com: Biggest accomplishments…
CB: Winning 5 National Championships with my East Cobb teams

RW.com: What’s the one memory that stands out from your childhood?
CB: Hitting my first homerun when I was 5 years old.

Paul Kronenfeld

OF/1B / L-R / 6-2 / 202

Greensboro, N.C. (Woodberry Forest (Va.))

RW.com: List three words that describe you…
PK: Bold, Confident, Resilient

RW.com: Name one thing that fans don’t know about you…
PK: I played piano for nine years

RW.com: If you could bring one thing from your hometown, what would it be?
PK: Carter Brothers barbecue joint

RW.com: What player, if any, do you pattern your game after?
PK: Josh Hamilton

RW.com: What event has most shaped your life?
PK: Deciding to attend Woodberry Forest

RW.com: What’s the one memory that stands out from your childhood?
PK: Winning the AAU state tournament in both metal and wood bat two years in a row

RW.com: What’s your nickname? Reasoning behind it?
PK: Korndog. My summer coach called me that for ten years

RW.com: Interests outside of baseball…
PK: Anything that deals with Taylor Swift

RW.com: Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
PK: Jed Bradley

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