While most MLB teams are focused on 2016, front offices around the league began diverting their attention toward the future for the next few days on Thursday night with the start of the 2016 MLB draft. Countless people dream of getting drafted by a professional baseball team, but only a very small percentage experience what it actually feels like.
It’s easy to see why some people think watching a draft is really boring, though. Cameras are set up in each team’s draft war room, but they all look the same — it’s just a bunch of people sitting at desks. When picks are in, the commissioner heads to a podium, announces a player’s name and then proclaims which team is on the clock next. And as we wait for the next announcement, there are a bunch of analysts there to fill in that dead time.
But it’s so much more than that.
I enjoy watching drafts because we get to see reactions from the players, along with their families and friends. All those long hours of studying, getting stronger in the weight room and better on the field culminate with something as simple as hearing their name called, allowing them to realize a dream.
Throughout Thursday night’s first round, there were a bunch of awesome reactions to watch, whether it was from the player himself or the people he was surrounded by for such a momentous occasion. Here are some of the best ones I could find.