The Draft and Some Fun Facts About the Year 2000

The draft is one of my favorite parts of the baseball year.  Not because I spend a lot of time researching the eligible players or anything, because I don’t.  (I have to spend, like, a few hours a day doing non-baseball-related stuff.)  But I enjoy it a lot all the same.  I enjoy the Bud Selig weirdness and I enjoy the extremely awkward interviews with the newly-drafted players and I love the shots of the various teams’ war-rooms, right before they announce their picks.  I can’t say I like the creepy Disney studio they do it, but you can’t have it all, apparently?

It started off really nicely with Bud Selig announcing the #1 overall pick in the… 2000 draft.  2000 was a good year, but seriously.  (It wasn’t a good year at all.  The top grossing movie was Mission: Impossible II.  I don’t really know what that is, but it sounds Tom Cruise-y.  ‘N Sync and Britney Spears also had a big year.  So.)

The #1 pick was Mark Appel, though, who does have an interesting story.  Those of you who followed the draft last year will remember he was a hot pick then as well, but slipped to #8 because of rumors about his signability.  He liked Stanford and was so over pro baseball.  I mean, not exactly.  I’m paraphrasing.  Anyhow, it paid off for him and he went to the Astros who the TV analysts helpfully informed us are “really building”.  Most teams that get the #1 pick overall are not building, you know.

I think one of the highlights was Kohl Smith and his sewing machine.

Kohn Smith - Twins

Did he sew his own hat?  Did he sew his own shirt?  Can he sew things for me?  So many questions here.

Lastly, I want to talk about Ryne Stanek, who was picked 29th by the Tampa Bay Rays.  He said he models his game after Tim Lincecum.  I wonder how that’s working out for him?

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Oh.  The Giants drafted someone who everyone hates.  You can read more about that here:

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