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Dansby Swanson learned he's the MLB Draft's top pick minutes after his team advanced to Omaha

Swanson celebrates being top pick with team and mom

A fun mental exercise: Take a minute and list some things that are purely, unequivocally good. A hug from mom, say, or -- just spitballing here -- helping your team advance to the College World Series. Maybe even being selected No. 1 overall in the 2015 MLB Draft, to get really crazy with it. 

If that oddly specific list matches what you came up with in your head, congratulations! There's a good chance you're Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson, because all of those things happened to him over the course of an hour or so on Monday.

Just after his Commodores beat Illinois, 4-2, to earn a spot in Omaha, the D-backs selected Swanson -- armed with some crazy athleticism and a quick bat -- with the top pick:

Vandy was still in full uniform on the field when Swanson and his family -- watching the Draft live on his mom's iPhone using the At Bat app -- learned the good news, and his teammates reacted appropriately:

Vandy alum David Price was even in attendance to share in the celebrations:

And Swanson wasn't the only Commodore with some extra cause for celebration: Right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer was off the board just a few minutes later, going to the White Sox with the eighth pick. It's no National Donut Day, but we'd say that qualifies as a nice afternoon.