Experience the joy of hearing your name called in the MLB Draft with these great reaction clips
After months of preparation, debates, planning and careful evaluations, MLB clubs made their initial picks in the first round of the Draft on Thursday.
For the many fresh-faced young players hearing their name called, it's a day of celebration. There's probably no greater thrill on Draft Day than to see Commissioner Rob Manfred get up on that podium and recite a name -- your name -- in connection to a big league ballclub for the first time.
Unlike the NBA and NFL drafts, MLB's version takes place during the season, which means many draftees can't attend in person and are scattered across the country, which leads to euphoria with friends and family from coast to coast as part of this uniquely grassroots celebration.
Naturally, then, there were plenty of emotions on display by the players picked and their families and friends, whether at the MLB Network studio or at home, huddled around the television set in anticipation.
With the first pick, the Phillies selected heralded La Costa Canyon High School outfielder Mickey Moniak, who seemed to react to hearing his name with a mixture of satisfaction, relief, excitement, and shock, which is probably a solid summation of what being picked No. 1 would feel like:
Moniak may also be reacting to the fact that his friend now owes him a pretty hilarious tattoo, as well ...
The Reds used their coveted second pick on Nick Senzel, a third baseman from Tennessee. His college coach Dave Serrano documented the team's viewing party, which erupted into celebration once Commissioner Manfred was halfway through his first name:
With the third pick, the Braves chose Ian Anderson -- no, not the Jethro Tull vocalist/flautist, but rather an explosive right-hander out of Shenendehowa High School in New York. He was on-set at MLB Network HQ (wearing a suit!), where he and his parents embraced in the dugout:
Before he was given the honor of putting his own name up on the Draft board ... which we can only imagine was a pretty surreal experience:
A pick behind Anderson, the Rockies found a match in Riley Pint, a right-hander out of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School who has been the subject of much anticipation for a few years now. At home watching the Draft unfold, Pint looked to take it all in rather calmly. His friends, though, rained down enthusiastic shoulder-pats upon hearing the news:
Might that serenity in the face of an otherwise potentially overwhelming moment be a sign of things to come from Pint on the pitcher's mound? Time will tell.
University of Miami catcher Zack Collins shared a long, warm embrace with his father after being selected by the White Sox at No. 10:
Jason Groome, decided upon by the Red Sox with the No. 12 pick, was enveloped by a loud throng of loved ones while sitting on what looks like a comfortable couch:
Video of Jason Groome being drafted pic.twitter.com/PucO7vQFtf— John DeRosier (@JohnRDeRosier) June 10, 2016
While Will Benson, an outfielder picked by the Indians at No. 14, elected for some emphatic hand-slaps with his dad in the MLB Network dugout:
Before he, too, had the honor of putting his own name up on the board:
Plum High School outfielder Alex Kirilloff went to the Twins with the No. 15 pick, and found himself under intense mobile phone focus by his circle of friends shortly before the news dropped:
Alamo Heights High School's Forrest Whitley was picked by the Astros at No. 17, but he was pitching when it all went down. No matter -- he just tried on his new Astros gear next to his teammates on the field:
Boston College standout Justin Dunn, picked by the Mets at No. 19, was watching the Draft at a restaurant when his teammates erupted in the type of celebration reserved for walk-off wins:
When Nolan Jones was selected No. 55 overall by the Indians, he and his bow tie were ready to celebrate:
The moment. pic.twitter.com/VpH5FFXskV— Jarrad Daniel Saffren (@JarradSaff) June 10, 2016
Without a doubt, today was a day these gentlemen won't ever forget.