Feb. 28, 2006
By Ryan Liss
FSU Sports Information
Tallahassee, FL – Throughout the 2006 baseball season Seminoles.com will bring you exclusive interviews with FSU baseball players. This week’s guest is consensus All-American Shane Robinson. The junior is off to another great start to the season and is looking to become the first player in Seminole history to win back-to-back national player of the year awards. He sat down with us last week and answered 10 questions.
1. What was it like playing for Team USA this summer?
It was exciting to travel around the country. I got to make a lot of new friends from all over the United States, so it was a good experience.
2. After coming up a little short in making it to the College World Series, do you think this year’s team can make that leap to Omaha?
I think so. I think we possess the pitching that can get us there, and if we keep swinging the bats like we have been so far, then I think we’ll be able to make it.
3. Do you have any game-day rituals?
I like to take a shower right before I put on my uniform. I like to feel clean when I come out to play a game.
4. How did you get into baseball?
When I was 2 or 3 my dad started throwing balls at me and hitting them to me, and he signed me up at 4 years old, and I’ve been playing ever since.
5. What goes through your mind every time you step into the batter’s box?
The only thing I really tell myself is step back. I tend to try to do too much sometimes, and I have to remind myself to let the ball come to me. I can get aggressive, but it’s better to sit back and let the ball come to me and let the game flow.
6. What are your personal goals for this season?
Stay consistent. I didn’t really set any goals like I did last year, so I mainly just want to stay consistent and try to outdo my performance from last year.
7. As an older member of the Seminoles, how often do the younger guys come to you for advice and tips?
Not too often, but if I feel like there is something I can say to them that can help them I’ll definitely come up to them and say something. They catch on quickly and our coaches do a good job explaining what they need to know and giving time to answer questions.
8. What made you choose baseball over football?
I just thought I could do more with baseball. I didn’t feel like being sore every day of the week playing football. It puts a lot of wear and tear on the body, and one day, Florida State called me and that made my decision that much easier.
9. What is your bat song and why did you choose it?
My song is the instrumental version of “Throw It Up” by Lil Jon. It’s a song that gets me pumped up before I go to my at-bat. It has a good beat to it, so I figured the crowd would enjoy it as well.
10. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to play Halo all the time. Some of my teammates and I all play together pretty much every night against guys I played with over the summer. I really don’t go out too much, so playing Halo is the big thing that I like to do.