ALOHA: Kodi Medeiros came a long way to make a little history.
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.
"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."
So, how has his first trip to the New York area compared to Hawaii?
"It's a lot different. Really different," Medeiros said. "The people are really busy."
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 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.
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.
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.
"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."
Medeiros said he enjoys spear fishing in his spare time, not exactly a common hobby among big leaguers.
"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."