Matt Oberste was boarding the bus for Oklahoma's Game 1 against LSU on Friday when he found he'd been drafted.
His informant, with love: mom.
“I was excited, because my mom texted me,” said Oberste, who was taken with the 10th pick in the seventh round by the New York Mets.
“That's how I found out, as we were getting on the bus to come to the stadium.”
Oberste was OU's third player drafted, following first-rounder Jonathan Gray and second-rounder Dillon Overton, both taken on Thursday's opening day of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft.
“It feels great,” Oberste said. “I've never been drafted before.”
The Sooner first baseman said that going to the Mets is a bit of a dream come true.
“They've been my favorite team,” he said. “It's the weirdest thing. David Wright is my favorite player. He's a third baseman, wears No. 5.
And when I was younger, I was a third baseman and wore 5.
“To be in that organization now is just great.”
DENNEY'S WAIT ENDS
Yukon's Jonathan Denney was one of eight prospects invited to Secaucus, N.J., to attend the start of the draft Thursday night.
Then he waited. And waited.
And when the night was over, he still hadn't been drafted.
So Friday, the standout catcher packed up and headed for home, and was one of the last people to know he'd been drafted – by the Boston Red Sox with the No. 81 overall pick in the third round – after he landed on a flight back to Oklahoma City, about an hour after his selection.
Denney seemed thrilled with the way things turned out.
“I have been a Red Sox fan my whole life,” Denney posted on Twitter. “Ever since I started watching MLB baseball.”
Denney is signed with Arkansas, yet still seems likely to sign with Boston. He hit .459 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs as a senior.
MORE PLAYERS WITH STATE CONNECTIONS PICKED
Leedey High shortstop Drew Ward was the second state high school player taken in the draft.
Ward, an OU signee, went in the third round, No. 105 overall, to the Washington Nationals. Trey Michalczewski, a shortstop from Jenks, went in the seventh round at No. 213 to the Chicago White Sox.
OSU signee Carter Hope, who played at Broken Arrow a year ago before moving to The Woodlands, Texas, was selected one pick after Denney in the third round. Hope, a right-handed pitcher and utility player, is the brother of former Broken Arrow standout Mason Hope and the son of former Cowboys star Pat Hope.
Shane Martin, a right-handed pitcher at Southwestern State and a Weatherford product, was picked by the Phillies at No. 271 in the ninth round.
Through 10 rounds, the draft continues at noon Saturday, with the final 30 rounds.
THOMAS STILL AVAILABLE
Oklahoma quarterback signee Cody Thomas remains unselected after two days and 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft, and all signs point to Thomas sticking with the Sooners.
In a text message Friday evening to The Oklahoman, Thomas' father, Pete, wrote, “We moved him into his dorm this morning and he just completed his physical. Boomer Sooner!!!”
Asked if that means he's definitely staying at OU, Pete Thomas replied, “He starts classes and workouts Monday. He's excited about the opportunity to start competing.”
Cody Thomas, an outfielder from Colleyville Heritage High in Texas, was ranked as the draft's 165th-best prospect by Baseball America.
He batted .482 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs in his just-completed senior season.
The MLB Draft wraps up Saturday with Rounds 11-40, and Thomas will surely be picked at some point. After that, he would have a month to sign with the MLB team that chooses him.
Thomas plans to play both football and baseball at Oklahoma. If he doesn't sign with an MLB team this summer, he won't be eligible for the draft again until after his junior season.
During his senior football season at Colleyville Heritage, Thomas threw for 3,407 yards, 38 touchdowns and only five interceptions.