Thursday, June 6, 2013

Draft Day Joy for Dominic Smith

After being drafted by the Mets, Dominic Smith has his moment interviewing with Sam Ryan of the MLB Network
What an amazing seven days for Serra High School's Dominic Smith. Last Friday, he pitched his school to their first ever CIF Division championship. Thursday, he became the newest member of New York Mets as the No. 11 overall selection of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

This Friday? He graduates from Serra. Not bad for a 17-year-old who's living his dream. Even better that former Mets All-Star and Crenshaw High School standout Darryl Strawberry was at the draft to welcome Smith to the team. If anybody understands the adjustment moving from L.A. to N.Y., it's Strawberry.

This was a great day not just for Southern California, but the Black baseball community in Los Angeles. Smith hopefully represents a rebirth of Black kids enjoying baseball and I know that many will see him as think, I can do that do. Especially as they watch his high school team continue to succeed with mostly Black players.

Congrats to Dominic! Congrats to Serra, who has a rare honor of having an high-round NFL (Robert Woods) and MLB Draft selection in the same year! I'm working on arranging an interview with Smith so if that develops, I'll keep you posted.

Also congrats to Oaks Christian pitcher Phil Bickford going No. 10 to Toronto and J.P. Crawford (cousin of Carl Crawford) going No. 16 to Philadelphia. Even bigger props to my alma mater's latest star Kris Bryant, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the Chicago Cubs.

No comments:

Post a Comment