Georgia baseball thrashed Georgia Tech on the road with a 12-0 victory. The Bulldogs won game one in Athens on Friday and game three of the series is Sunday at Coolray Field.
If you followed this column the last two days you will recall these predictions:
Georgia baseball fans would sell out Foley Field on Friday, and the Bulldogs would, take care of business on that field. Check. Georgia fans would outnumber Georgia Tech fans at Russ Chandler Stadium, and the Diamond Dawgs would take care of business on that field. Check.
What this column did not make clear: Okay Yellow Jackets, you want to scratch and claw back into game one and make it close by a score of 6-5? How about if Georgia comes to your yard on Saturday and smack you down with a 12-0 shutout?
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We could claim clairvoyance and declare we predicted those last two game results. Yet we will be humble and modest and simply accept smug satisfaction that justice prevailed. Diamond Dawgs 2. Tech Jackets 0.
Further, this is comeuppance for those Jackets having the gall to take two-of-three games vs Georgia in 2019, insult to injury after having the gall to end the Bulldogs’ record six-game winning streak.
All of which leads us to Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020. On this day Georgia will play the Yellow Jackets at a venue where you may not ever see the two squads play again (Coolray Field home of the Atlanta Braves’ AAA affiliate Gwinnett Stripers). This game will benefit a most worthy cause, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. It is imperative that this game sell out for the benefit of kids who so need help.
Lastly, and far less important than bringing ailing kids back to health and enabling them to go home is this: Our Diamond Dawgs stand to sweep this series. As in brooms. As in starting a new winning streak that might exceed the previous record of six-straight games. Perhaps a streak that can stretch into 2021 and beyond. We want to own Georgia Tech again. We want our grandkids and their grandkids to own Tech. But now we are only repeating ourselves.
Coolray Field is an outstanding, intimate venue. The forecast calls for a comfortable 62 degrees and clear skies.
Tech fans have taken lumps two games in a row and don’t even travel well to their own home venues. Much less will they want to travel to bucolic Gwinnett County where someone sitting next to them might have calluses on their hands and not know how to operate a slide rule.
The point here is, if it is not yet clear, Georgia Tech fans will not show up Sunday. It is up to us Georgia baseball fans. We have to pack Coolray and bark more often and louder than we have even barked the last two games. And we gotta take care of those kids at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Bulldog fans, let’s do all the right things for all the right reasons. Let’s sell out Coolray Field at 2 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020.