We all knew this was coming at some point. Especially with Buster Posey opting out of the 2020 MLB season, it was inevitable. Last night it finally happened, as Joey Bart got the call-up to the Giants’ 29-man MLB roster. Bart is one of the best catchers in Georgia Tech history and the highest-drafted Yellow Jacket of all-time at no. 2 overall. The Johnny Bench Award winner has dominated in the Giants’ farm system since being drafted in 2018, even getting the opportunity to play in the 2019 MLB All-Star Futures Game. Congratulations, Joey!
Many questions followed Georgia Tech’s announcement of its attendance plan for the upcoming football season. Luckily, the AJC has compiled a list of FAQs for readers to take a look at. One interesting question was about the marching band. While the band (and cheerleaders) are not allowed on the field, they apparently will be present in some form. A question unanswered in the article above is how many of the 11,000 fans allowed in the stadium will be cheering for the opposing team? Based on recent history, probably a good bit.
The pads are finally on. According to Geoff Collins, on Wednesday the team practiced with shoulder pads before a practice today in full pads. This comes after a fall camp with no pads in order to ease players back into the swing of things after having missed time due to COVID-19. While the news of UNC, Notre Dame, and N.C. State going to all-virtual instruction is troubling (especially with Notre Dame’s football COVID cases), we should all be confident that the Georgia Tech football team is doing things in a safe manner.
Tyler Davis did not have the best senior season at Georgia Tech, however, his skillset, time at UConn, and football IQ got him picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL draft. Jags TE coach Ron Middleton had great things to say about Davis’ smarts, work ethic, and blocking ability through training camp so far. While Davis might not get much playing time this season (if there is one), there is potential to develop into a quality starter at the position.
Happy birthday to former Tech coach Paul Johnson. CPJ won a lot of games for the Jackets, but one underrated part of his tenure was the quality and character of the players he brought to campus. Kids graduated and stayed out of trouble. @CoachPCJ @GTAthletics— Dean Buchan (@DeanBuchan) August 20, 2020
While this was yesterday, I can’t not mention Paul Johnson’s birthday in the “Tidbits.” Happy belated birthday, Coach!
Question of the Day: What are your thoughts on Joey Bart reaching the Show?