The Seattle Mariners just made D.J. Peterson's dream come true by taking him with the No. 12 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, and it showed in the New Mexico corner infielder during one of the most emotional moments in MLB draft history.
Upon hearing his name called and realizing his dream, Peterson immediately shared a passionate embrace with his brother.
This was a touching moment that MLB fans won't soon forget, and it absolutely blew up on Twitter:
"It's every ball players dream to go to the MLB but Dj Peterson and his brother both showed the passion they have for this game #djpeterson"— Dak_⚾ (@koda_closer20) June 7, 2013
"Awh DJ Peterson and his brother, so sweet. ☺"— Tami White(@whiterthansnoww) June 7, 2013
"K I officially just cried during the draft lol, damn you DJ Peterson ! #ThereIsNoCryingInBaseball...."— Laura Buckley (@laurabuckley) June 7, 2013
The Mariners didn't just draft a passionate player, they drafted a very talented one who could be in the majors soon.
Seattle has wanted Peterson for a while now; the team drafted him in the 33rd round of the 2010 MLB draft, but he instead went to New Mexico for three years. However, after batting .408 and slugging .807 with 18 home runs and 72 RBI this year, the Mariners took Peterson again, this time with the 12th overall selection.
According to USA Today, Peterson has the motivation, and we know he has the talent:
"Anytime people tell you you can't, all it does is make you want to show you can," Peterson said.
Added [summer league coach John] Gracio, "He's going to be an asset to the organization that drafts him. He's got one thing on his mind and one thing only: getting to the big leagues.
"The club that drafts him, they've got themselves a guy with ambition and a fire under his (butt) you'll never believe."
It's not a secret that Peterson is a great hitter, and it's even spread to the Twitter-verse:
"DJ Peterson pick of the draft! Steal for the #Mariners! Legit close to big league ready bat"— freddy berowski (@ewok_schultz) June 7, 2013
"Just talked to an opposing pitching coach about D.J. Peterson. 'I just don't know how you pitch to him. He hits everything.' #mlbdraft"— Conor Glassey (@conorglassey) May 15, 2013
Peterson has shown his passion, his talent and his potential. Bleacher Report's own Mike Rosenbaum even compared the talented corner infielder to Paul Konerko because of his quick, powerful swing.
Peterson is a star in the making, and his bright future in the MLB started Thursday with this touching moment.