LSU junior second baseman Kramer Robertson started the season at second base in all three years of his collegiate career. Although Robertson only started 42 games in his freshmen and sophomore campaigns, the Texas native brings the most experience to the young LSU inﬁeld and is ready to be the leader in the inﬁeld after an excellent fall and good start to the 2016 season.
DIG Magazine caught up with Robertson to discuss leadership, his favorite Louisiana cuisine and LSU quarterback Brandon Harris in this edition of Talkin’ Tigers.
DIG: As the only returning inﬁelder, how do you assume the leadership role?
Kramer Robertson: It started early, having chemistry with Trey (Dawson) at shortstop and Cole (Freeman) at third base or anyone else over there. It’s diﬀerent than turning double plays with Alex (Bregman) and Connor (Hale) and people who have been there in the past. I think we got all those growing pains out in the fall and we really have a lot of chemistry now. I’ve had to be a little more vocal this year, because we have so many young guys and new guys in the inﬁeld, but I embrace that role.
DIG: Since you started as a freshman, what’s the biggest advice you can give to the freshmen or newcomers stepping onto Skip Bertman Field at Alex Box Stadium for the ﬁrst time?
KR: They deﬁnitely need to be even keel. They don’t need to get too high or too low. When they’re struggling, don’t press, because I’ve experienced the highest of highs here and the lowest of lows. I think that if I could give myself advice or a freshmen advice, that there’s going to be a lot of outside pressure and to block it out. Just focus on what you need to do and one bat at a time. Just enjoy the process, because there’s going to be the greatest of highs and lowest of lows and you just have to grind through it.
DIG: What’s your take on the new ball that was introduced last year?
KR: I think the new ball deﬁ nitely helps. There are facts that there were more home runs last year than in years before. I don’t notice it too much; I’m not a guy who is going to hit a ton of home runs. But, if it helps the power then I’m all for it, because I need all the help that I can get.
DIG: What’s your favorite memory of your LSU career so far?
KR: Personally, it would deﬁnitely be my ﬁrst start. That was unbelievable, a dream come true. Getting out there playing for LSU and getting my name called. As team wise, deﬁnitely for me it was winning the SEC Championship my freshman year in the tournament. That was the ﬁrst championship of my life, which was a really cool moment for me.
DIG: What’s your favorite baseball movie?
KR: “The Natural”
DIG: Who were your favorite baseball players growing up and some of your favorites today?
KR: Growing up, when Alex Rodriguez was with the Rangers. I’m from Texas, so I got to see him play a lot and watching him was really fun. With the new guys now, I love to watch Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and guys like that are fun to watch.
DIG: What’s your favorite Louisiana cuisine?
KR: Deﬁ nitely crawﬁsh. I go weekly over to Sammy’s to get crawﬁsh. I think there’s no doubt you can’t get crawﬁsh like this anywhere else in the country, so I’m lucky.
DIG: Why do you wear No. 3?
KR: I’ve had this number since I was 6 years old playing tee-ball, so somehow I’ve gotten lucky enough in every sport to have it my entire career. I told coach that when he was recruiting me and I was lucky enough to have an opening and be No. 3 here. No particular reason, I’ve just always liked it and always had it.
DIG: If you could choose any other sport to play at LSU what would it be?
KR: Football, no doubt. You can ask anybody on this team, that’s all I talk about. I’m sure I annoy them with it and show them too many highlights of myself, but football is deﬁnitely a favorite for me. I love playing quarterback and any time I get the opportunity to go throw the football, I take advantage. Sometimes, Brandon (Harris) and I will go out to the football ﬁeld and see who can throw it further, and I’ll let you tell him who can throw it further.
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