Russ Adams, a former North Carolina baseball player, is no different. On June 4, the first day of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft, Adams tried to listen to the broadcast over the Internet but was unable to get a signal.
So he ran over to his uncle's house.
But by the time he got there, the draft was on the 20th pick. Adams went 14th to the Toronto Blue Jays.
A Blue Jays representative called him about two minutes after the first round ended to tell him the news, Adams said.
But Adams says he's not concerned with expectations that come with being a high draft pick.
"I think it's a role that I'm very willing to accept," he said. "I've been ready and waiting for a long time now."
In Adams, the Blue Jays are getting one of the top amateurs in the country. Adams led the 2002 Tar Heels in batting, walks and stolen bases. He was second on the team in runs scored, hits, doubles and triples. He is also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country by the MLB Player's Association.
Adams said he's known since high school that he had a shot at the pros. Although he also played football, basketball and golf, he found baseball afforded the greatest opportunity.
"Fortunately, things have worked out great for me," Adams said. "I've got myself in a position to play baseball on a major league level, and that's been my dream since I was very young."