Outfielder Josh Reddick and the Houston Astros open play in the American League Championship Series Friday night against the New York Yankees, but that’s not all that’s on Reddick’s mind.
Reddick, a nine-year major league veteran, also discussed his love of the Georgia Bulldogs when he was featured on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” on Wednesday.
Reddick, who grew up in Guyton, Ga., near Savannah, let out a “Go ‘Dogs” during his time on the show, and show co-host Kevin Millar asked if Georgia could hold up against Alabama in a potential meeting in the SEC championship game.
“I think they can,” Reddick said. “… Hopefully they pull it out, go to the SEC championship game and put a whooping on them. Hopefully yours truly be able to go there and witness that. Then they go to the national championship and I get to enjoy that as well.
“Hopefully, that’s the plan: We can go here to win a World Series and go watch the ‘Dawgs win a couple of championships as well. It would be a complete offseason for me.”
Obviously, Georgia has some games to win before it gets to the SEC championship game, and Reddick is confident that the Bulldogs won’t slip up against Florida in Jacksonville. Reddick said there is “no chance” that the Bulldogs have a letdown against the Gators.
“The ‘Dogs have a really good chance this year,” Reddick said. “But they’ve got to win the game that they’re supposed to win. That’s the one thing that the Bulldogs have had trouble with in the past … not winning the game that they’re supposed to win.
“But I got a good feeling the boys are going to go into Jacksonville and take care of business. That’s better for me because one of my best friends is a huge Gator fan, so that just means more trash talk for me.”
Reddick also talked about his belief in Jake Fromm as Georgia’s quarterbacks and about the Bulldogs’ potent rushing attack.
Show co-host Chris Rose joked that Reddick needs to get on ESPN’s “College Game Day” as a guest picker, and Reddick agreed, mentioning that Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso need to invite him on the show later this season.
Reddick has posted a career-best .314 batting average, with 13 homers and 82 RBI, in his first season with the Astros. He also has played for Boston, Oakland and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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