Sam Dove is a senior infielder/outfielder from Brentwood, Tenn. Dove was an Academic All-District selection in 2012. He was one of two Yellow Jackets to start every game, with 52 starts at third base and the other 12 at second. Dove batted .340 and led the team with 86 hits. He had 15 doubles, three homers, 30 RBI and went 12 for 13 on steal attempts. Dove put together a 17-game hit streak during the season. In 2011, Dove was the primary starter in left field, batting .310 with six doubles and 18 RBI.


The Yellow Jackets have won 14 of their first 16 contests in 2013, including taking two of three from Virginia Tech to open ACC play.


click here for other journal entries


March 15, 2013


How to Attack Golden Corral


On our shorter road trips where we take a bus instead of flying, we always stop at Golden Corral.  For those who may not know what the GC is, it is basically a cheap all-you-can-eat buffet. It’s easy and fast for a bus full of 40 guys, but it can also be dangerous. You eat the wrong thing at GC and you’re in for an uncomfortable bus ride the rest of the way.  Luckily I have the roadmap to a successful GC stop.


On arrival at GC there is a hierarchy in who goes first: coaches and staff, seniors, juniors, sophomores, and the peasants last. The key is to stick with the basics. The first plate is always Bourbon Street chicken, rice and green beans with a roll. There’s simply no other way to go about it. That’s a good warm up and always a safe bet. Sit down, have a nice chat with the boys, crush your food and boom you’re ready for the second go around. This is where things can get a little dicey. By now you are looking for whatever catches your eye and that can get you into trouble. Steer clear of the casseroles. The meat is a wild card on this go around. Steak? Rotisserie chicken? Meatloaf? I go steak on this plate and usually go for either mashed or a baked potato and some broccoli. If I’m feeling crazy, I might toss some fried shrimp on there. Top that off with a piece of chocolate pie and that’s a successful GC stop.


But wait, my favorite part of GC is at the end of the meal. After I’ve done some damage on the buffet I make my way over to the dessert table and pick up a few cubes of Jell-O and some gummy bears -- but not to eat. Now it’s time to mess with the younger guys a little. Nothing keeps the balance of power in check like a nice travel-suit pocket full of Jell-O, or a gummy bear stuck to their jacket while they walk around the buffet, all in good fun of course. With that, we load up the bus and are off to another weekend full of baseball.


I hope you enjoyed this blog and I look forward to writing some more over the course of the season. If you have anything you would like me to write about, tweet at me with your suggestions @SamDove31. 




(photo courtesy of Georgia Tech Media Relations)