“I’ve been playing professional baseball for 10 years. I’ve been to the major leagues. (I’m) trying to get back. I’ve had a good career,” he said when asked if he wished he had attended UGA.
Avery played 32 games with the Orioles in 2012 before returning to the minor leagues and is trying to break into the upper ranks again.
“It’s just a matter of consistency,” he said before the Stripers’ game against the Toledo Mud Hens on Wednesday. “Being persistent. Keep going. Surviving the hard times. That’s what baseball is, surviving the hard times, and I’ve survived a lot of hard times.”
The 28-year-old might have carved a different path had he enrolled at Georgia and played under Mark Richt, but he is content with where he is and likes where things are headed in Athens.
“I like Kirby Smart,” he said. “I think that’s a good move for Georgia. I think he’s going to bring more of a winning tradition there.”
Perhaps Avery can keep making catches such as the one he grabbed against the Durham Bulls last week to help the Stripers' start their own winning tradition in Lawrenceville.