After hearing his named called Monday as the No. 2 draft pick in the Major League Baseball draft, Bobby Witt Jr. gave his mother a hug. Then embraced his father.
“I think it may have been one of the first times I’ve ever seen him cry,” Witt said in a conference call when asked about his father, the former major-league pitcher. “It was tears of joy. Same with me. That was the first time I’ve ever had tears of joy.”
The Royals tweeted a video that showed assistant general manager Lonnie Goldberg on the phone with Witt moments before the team made its pick.
Others from the front office, including general manager Dayton Moore, can be seen in the video, which was shot in the Royals’ draft room at Kauffman Stadium.
After being drafted, Witt tweeted: “What a great organization to be apart of! Excited for the opportunities to come! Can’t wait to get after it! #AlwaysRoyal”
In the conference call, Witt was asked if he’s been to Kansas City.
“I have not, honestly. But I’ve heard so many great things about the town, the stadium and the fanbase ... and the barbecue,” he said.