Q&A with Pace Academy's RJ Austin

Posted 1/4/2022

Meet RJ Austin, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound shortstop/pitcher/utility player from Pace Academy who has signed to play at Vanderbilt. Austin is a member of the Metro Big 10 cover for the 2022 Georgia Dugout Preview Magazine. Here are 10 questions with him.

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Q: What in-game rituals or superstitions do you have?

A: Wearing a hoodie under my jersey every game and never throwing on the line.


Q: Who is your favorite professional sports team?

A: Atlanta Braves.


Q: What is your favorite food to eat?

A: Waffle House or American Deli.


Q: Name one thing people may be surprised to learn about you? 

A: I’m a great actor.


Q: Who is your favorite teacher and what is your favorite high school subject?

A: Mrs. Neily and Literature & Film.


Q: Outside of baseball, what is your next hobby? 

A: Playing video games.


Q: If you could travel anywhere outside the U.S., what would be your dream location and why?

A: The Bahamas, because I’ve always wanted to visit there to experience the beautiful setting.


Q: Name the person you'd like to meet the most.

A: Lil baby, because he is my favorite rapper and an inspiration to me, so I would love to meet him.


Q: Who has been the most influential person in your life?

A: My mom, because she is an outstanding individual and has taught me many lessons at an early age to help me become the young man I am today.


Q: After baseball, what career are you planning to pursue?

A: I want to work in the front office of a big league team or start a business.