Greetings to everyone from Cocoa Beach. I spent Thursday writing articles like this and this from our first-ever Draft in a stage and mega-media setting over at Disney, then had to extend my stay an extra night so I can watch the Space Shuttle lift off at sunset on Friday! Just updated this so you can see some of the pics and videos I took from my spot on Cocoa Beach. I ran 7 or 8 miles on that beach earlier in the day, from the historic Ron Jon surf shop up to Jetty Park, went to a Starbucks for a couple of hours and wrote an MLB.com story about Jim Palmer and Dewey Evans, and then went back out there to watch Atlantis go up. It was awesome, especially at that time of day, when the plume glows in the sunset and there’s enough light to follow the Shuttle for a long time before it drifts into space.
Sorry to be a stranger here but just keep those Spheroids coming and we’ll keep using this space to post them. I can tell that my marathon training is getting in the way of posting here and apologies for that. But this community has become pretty huge and it looks like everyone is having a blast. Always feel free to leave comments right here if you need anything, and either I or Jake always check them out. By the way, can you guess why the new extra area code on the Space Coast is…
P.S., my favorite memory from the first public Draft was talking to Josh Vitters after he was selected third overall by the Cubs. When a young player like this has just been drafted and has eyes wide open, it is no big deal to ask him to take his constantly vibrating mobile phone out of his pocket and show what his text messages are. He would have gone through all 55 of them that came in after the selection, but I just liked the congratulatory one from Matt Dominguez, who would be drafted several picks later. It really showed how Dominguez and a whole world of people were following this Draft live over MLB.com as well as the new ESPN2 reach.
P.S.S., my second favorite memory was Peter Gammons telling me the night before the Draft that this is the best under-27 batch of talent he can ever remember in Major League Baseball. That is a huge statement from someone who was around for the Jim Rices and Fred Lynns and so many others who came in with a bang through the years.
P.S.S.S., my third favorite memory was the last two fans who were left in the fifth round yesterday. It was a couple, and at the end of each round, when the Mets’ pick was announced followed by "the Yankees are on the clock," they would give a quick cheer followed by a quick boo. Someone brought them down to the Draft floor at that point and they got to hang out around the delegate tables.
P.S.S.S.S., here is my fourth favorite memory: