Aussie star explains 'life-changing' MLB Draft

Aussie star explains 'life-changing' MLB Draft
On to another champion. Now, this is an extraordinary sporting story. Baseball might not be as popular down under compared to the United States, but one Aussie could make history this weekend at the Major League Baseball draft. This is huge, very, very special. Sydneysider Travis Bazano is predicted to go first overall and that champion joins us live now from Oregon. Travis legend. Hello, mate. Jeez, this is exciting. How you feeling out of the draft? Yeah, I'm feeling great. It's it's good to be on here. I definitely watch my fair, fair share of today show going on, so that's cool. But yeah, no, it's exciting. It's getting close. I'm starting to pick up a little more, starting to fathom that excitement a little more. But it's a busy time just sort of figuring out logistics with my agents and doing meetings with teams and different stuff, but also preparing to play the back end of the minor league season after the draft. So hey, Travis, you know, I started stalking you just a couple of months ago and it it, it's a huge transformation for and you've just been seeing the balls so well. But first draft, I'm just explaining that to everyone in Australia, what that means in terms of your career or finances. What, what transition will you make? Yeah, it's a it's a big thing. So the Major League Baseball draft is basically any year 12 kid baseball player in America and then any 21 year old college player in America becomes eligible for the Major League Baseball draft. And basically trying to be the next prospects in Major League Baseball. And teams scout year round, trying to figure out who who the best prospect is for the future. And yeah, near the top half of the top half of the first round is a pretty extensive paycheck and it's gonna change my life and I'm super excited about it. Me. You know what's interesting, Travis, is that you're even in baseball at all, right? Like, I know you played cricket really well. I remember, you know, my husband when he was a kid, dabbled in a bit of baseball mainly 'cause his dad couldn't be bothered standing around in the sun for cricket. So this is the thing. Not so many Aussies actually play baseball for you. What was it that attracted you to that sport? Yeah, I was lucky enough to be around it. My dad played a little bit when he's a junior and I have two older brothers that played. So when I was little I was around the field and I think I just fell in love with it. I had cricket around me, I had sucking rugby, all the all the regulars. But I just fell in love with baseball and kind of stuck with it. And it was my passion and identity my whole life really. So I don't know, I just took to it. You got a gorgeous swing, as they say, and and you don't mind hitting the odd, the odd Homer in succession. So, I mean, I guess all that all that will get more difficult as you go into the majors. But there's so much ahead of you. Also the Olympics, you know, we can look forward to that. Maybe in, in not in Paris, but in in LA. Hopefully that might be a a huge thing for you as well down the track. Yeah, 100%. In previous times in the Olympics when baseball's been there, Major League Baseball players haven't really played in it like Team USA hasn't been like the dream team that they have in basketball. But I believe my intuition and kind of what I'm hearing is that that might change in 2028 because I don't think the USA is going to have a home Olympics with a bunch of amateurs playing for their baseball team. So hopefully, hopefully at that time, I'm a Major League Baseball player and and playing at the highest level and then I'll be able to compete for a medal with Team Australia. Even just saying that, Travis, it must be a dream come true for you, mate. Yeah, I mean, that's kind of far away, but it's it's something I've always thought about. And yeah, I mean, some of my fondest memories watching sport were from the Olympic Games growing up. So it's it's very exciting. It's great to talk to you, big fella. Look, we wish you all the very best. Everyone here on the Today Show and just can't wait to see what happens. And we wish you all the very best. Just say good day to a couple of year your mates back home in Sydney before we we move on. Yeah. Go on. What's up, boys? Yeah. All the high school boys, you know, all the regulars, They they know who they are. But miss you guys. Travis, you are just a wonderful young man. I miss you too. I'll see you soon. Remember that name? Yes, huge.
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