First-round pick Max Muncy is still years away from making an impact with the A's at the big league level, but Monday afternoon, the high school shortstop made his first appearance at the Coliseum.
The A's hosted Muncy at the ballpark to sign his contract, allowing their first-round pick the chance to meet some of his potential future teammates.
For most teenage baseball players, getting the chance to hangout, play catch, and take grounders with major leaguers would be a dream come true. Muncy couldn't help but feel a little star struck.
“It’s just surreal just to see these guys in person," Muncy told reporters before Monday's game between the A's and Los Angeles Angels. "They’re a little bit bigger than I thought they were. The guys have been super great, great experience. It’s just starting to sink in, it doesn’t really make sense when you first get drafted but when you get to the stadium and start putting the jersey on it becomes real.”
Asked what he'll remember most from his visit, Muncy plans on using the experience as motivation as he navigates through the ups and downs of the minor leagues.
“I think it’ll be just getting on the field with these guys, getting in the mix," Muncy said. "I’ll probably hold on to that one when the minors are getting tough, just remind myself what it was like to be here with these guys.”
Muncy is officially an Oakland Athletic, but couldn't help but feel excited to watch Shohei Ohtani, who is starting for the Angels in Monday's game. It might be a few years, but the two could eventually face off against each other down the road.
“My dad texted me last night saying 'Ohtani is on the mound,' " Muncy said. "That’s the cherry on top, getting to see Ohtani pitch.”
Muncy has a long road ahead before he's suiting up for the A's big league squad. For now though, he'll continue to live out his dream.
“It’s a childhood dream," Muncy said. "You think you’re going to make it when you’re in middle school and then you start having doubts when it gets more real. But to achieve my childhood dream with these guys is unreal.”