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The left hander went 12th overall to the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming the first high school player from Hawaii to be selected in the first round of the June draft. And he was at MLB Network Studios, nearly 5,000 miles from home, to hear his name called in person by Commissioner Bud Selig.
"I know what you all are saying: Is Flash really that short?" he said. "To get Nicholas into this position, along with what his brother's doing, it's a wonderful feat for us."ALOHA: Kodi Medeiros came a long way to make a Louis Vuitton Monogram Backpack
"You're in the water and you have to aim and shoot," he said. "I'd be doing that now if I wasn't here, actually.".
"A lot more kids are putting in the work. Kids are finding out that they need to attend showcases and get out there since we live in the state of Hawaii. Because in fact, for me, since last year, I didn't even think I'd be here," Medeiros added. "Ever since I went out onto the national stage and performed, it just changed my life."
His son, Nick, was drafted fifth overall by the Minnesota Twins carrying on a family tradition. Nick Gordon's older brother, Dee, is having a solid season as the starting second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"It's just been an amazing experience," Medeiros said. "When they sent the invitation, I just told my parents, you know, we're going to attend this. And they were willing to attend it, too, because they were like, why are we going to miss this? You know, getting invited means a lot. . I didn't want to miss being here."
"Being around the game and experiencing all that stuff, it's crazy when you experience it for yourself. I mean, you can be there and be around the game as much as you want, but when it's actually happening to you, it's a totally different feeling," Nick Gordon said. "I mean, it's helped me to prepare for the things that I'm about to get ready to go through. But this feeling, you have to feel it for yourself to know this feeling."
"It's just so hard taking this all in right now," Nick Gordon said. "It's the greatest feeling."
But when he took a phone call from the Twins, Nick Gordon couldn't quite make out who was on the line in all the commotion.
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Tom Gordon said waiting to find out where his son would be selected was much more nerve wracking than trying to close out a playoff game in the late innings.
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The other three players from Hawaii chosen in the opening round of the June draft all attended the University of Hawaii, including St. Louis Cardinals rookie second baseman Kolten Wong. He was the 22nd pick in 2011.
Tom Gordon was dressed appropriately.
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Medeiros said he received a good luck text message Wednesday night from Hawaii's most famous major leaguer, All Star outfielder Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox.
"I know it's very cold," he said. "I'm ready to adjust to the climate and get out there."
So, how has his first trip to the New York area compared to Hawaii?
"I guess the people from Hawaii, since it's a small place, we're just looking out for each other and trying to represent our island and represent the state and, you know, just trying to see kids from the island make it big," Medeiros said.
jersey and cap, Nick Gordon was asked what he thought about playing in Minnesota.
Medeiros said he enjoys spear fishing in his spare time, not exactly a common hobby among big leaguers.
"It's a lot different. Really different," Medeiros said. "The people are really busy."
"My favourite memories were New York when I used to go in and talk to Derek Jeter and he used to tell me things and give me wristbands and batting gloves and shoes and all that," Nick Gordon said. "That was so great to me. I remember every bit of it, every little moment that we had in New York, just being able to go on the field and play catch with my dad, and he used to take us out in centre field and let us hit balls in the seats. I mean, it felt like the greatest thing ever."
"I think it was the GM," he said. "I know it's somebody very important."
Medeiros said Wong lives about 3 miles from his house. Wong's brother, Kean, was drafted in the fourth round by Tampa Bay last year after being teammates with Medeiros back home.
Father and son posed for pictures together after a big embrace.
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Given the nickname "Flash" during his 21 year career as a major league pitcher, Gordon wore a natty vest and pinstriped suit for a special occasion Thursday night at MLB Network Studios.
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