Monday January 14, 2013Quick Thoughts From Vickash Ramjit Entering 2013 Season
With the start of the Gators’ 2013 season close to a month away, Jimena Panduro from the UF Communications Department sat down with senior infielder/outfielder Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) to discuss his final campaign with the Orange and Blue.
What are your expectations for this season – expectations of yourself and of the team?
“Obviously, like with any other season, our expectations are to win and get everything we can from all the players on our team. My personal goals are to win the National Championship and the SEC Championship; just winning every game. That’s our mentality and that’s our goal every day.”
What do you think the fans at McKethan Stadium have to look forward to this season?
“They will have a lot of young faces to see; I feel they’re going to be very surprised. I think it’s going to be a mirror of the ‘10 season, when Nolan Fontana and those guys (including Cody Dent, Brian Johnson, Austin Maddox, Hudson Randall, Steven Rodriguez and Mike Zunino) came in. These guys have been in here day and night working and are so motivated. The fans are going to be excited to see these young guys. We could have a special team this year.”
With so many players gone to the Major League Baseball Draft and graduation, what’s your role on the club this season?
“I am one of the captains of the team, voted on by my teammates. I consider myself to be a vocal leader and I see being captain as someone who has to step up more. When young guys are down, I need to take them under my wing, get them through the rough times because everyone goes through slumps. Baseball is filled with ups and downs, so I just want to help them get through that as quickly as possible and get them back on the field with the right mind-set.”
What has your time at the University of Florida meant to you – how have you grown as a player and as a person?
“It’s definitely helped me grow as a man and has helped me appreciate the game a lot more. I thought that I knew a lot coming into UF, but I’ve realized that I didn’t know anything. These coaches and the players have changed me and impacted me to the point where I appreciate the game a lot more.”
How do you think that your versatility as an infielder and an outfielder contributes to the team?
“Being a young team, when there are guys who are struggling I can play a different position and give other guys opportunities. If a freshman is at first base, and he’s struggling and I’m in the outfield, I can move to first and we can put another guy out there. I’ll be an every-day guy so it will offer a lot more opportunities for younger guys to get in there as well.”
What advice would you give to the freshmen on the team?
“There’s nothing like this at the University of Florida. I’ve played at Miami (Fla.), I’ve been to a junior college, I’ve played in different stadiums but there’s nothing like this town of Gainesville. I tell them to appreciate it, enjoy every day of it and make every day count because they will never get it back. I realize that more than ever as a senior now. It’s my last run at college baseball, whether I like it or not.”