HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Playing professional baseball is the ultimate dream for most young athletes. Just after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, surrounded by family and friends, that dream became a reality for former Grissom standout Alex Luna.
"I was so just excited and overwhelmed because it's a dream come true," said Luna.
The 6-foot-5 right-hander said he almost missed the coveted call, though.
"We weren't even going to watch the draft," he said.
Expecting to be selected in Wednesday's later rounds, Luna planned to spend his soon-to-be dwindling free time at the lake with loved ones. Thankfully, he started to receive some promising phone calls from major league scouts early Tuesday morning and he quickly changed his plans.
After an agonizing roller coaster ride of emotions, the change-up eventually paid off for Luna.
"Just the anticipation of each round, hoping your name gets called and then kind of getting let down a little bit and hoping that you're name is called the next round, but finally to hear 'Luna,' I mean, we just erupted," he said.
The multi-sport athlete graduated from Grissom in 2011. He now joins an elite club of north Alabama athletes hand-picked to play in the pros.
From Tiger to Blazer to, and now Royal, Luna said he plans to carry a part of each program with him.
"It's great to be able to try to do this for them as well," he said.
He won't have long to bask in his post-draft glow. Luna is expected to fly to Arizona this weekend for training camp.
As he prepares to leave the Tennessee Valley, though, he has some parting advice for those looking to follow in his rather large footsteps.
"You can't get too high on your wins and you can't get too low on your losses, you just got to work to improve all the time," he said.