Yesterday, the Washington Nationals shocked no one by taking phenom Stephen Strasburg with the first pick of the 2009 MLB Draft.
Perhaps what might be more shocking to learn is that prior to the Aztec hurler being taken first, no other San Diego State alum had been selected with the top pick in a draft for any of the the top American professional sports leagues.
Despite boasting instantly recognizable figures in everything from baseball to soccer, Strasburg has set the bar for future SDSU student-athletes on draft day.
Here's a rundown of famous Aztecs and their placement in their respective sport's draft:
Chris Gwynn, not Tony, was this baseball family's only first round draft pick. In 1985, Chris was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers were hoping major league success ran in the family.
A handful of years earlier, Tony Gwynn was selected by the Padres in the third round...and by the NBA's Clippers in the 10th round.
In 2003, Tony's son and Chris' nephew, Tony Gwynn Jr., was taken by the Brewers in the second round.
A 24th round selection by the Chicago Cubs, Mark Grace became one of the best hitting first basemen in recent history. As a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he would become a World Series winner in 2001.
Unluckily for Travis Lee, also a former Diamondback, the former second pick in 1998's draft (selected by the Minnesota Twins) was jettisoned by the team prior to their championship run.
Current major leaguer Justin Masterson made his debut for the Boston Red Sox in 2008 after being drafted in the second round of the amateur draft in 2006. In nine games of the '08 postseason, Masterson posted a 1.86 ERA coming on in relief.
Stud running back Marshall Faulk was the second overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft. Starring over 12 seasons for Indianapolis and St. Louis, the former Aztec ran for over 12,000 yards and scored 136 touchdowns in the NFL.
Other recent NFL standouts include former New Orleans Saints lineman Kyle Turley (a first rounder) and Super Bowl champion (with the St. Louis Rams) Az-Zahir Hakim.
Current NFL stars that came out of SDSU include Oakland linebacker Kirk Morrison.
Indianapolis linebacker Freddie Keiaho (both third round picks), Philadelphia's Matt McCoy (picked in the second round), and San Diego Charger Kassim Osgood are all current representatives of SDSU in the NFL.
In the NBA, San Diego State's most decorated alum is, without a doubt, Michael Cage. A 16-year vet, Cage played for the LA Clippers, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, and the New Jersey Nets.
Cage was originally the 14th pick in the first round for the Clippers, and remains the Aztecs' highest selectee in that sport.
Due to the lack of an American professional league at the time, Aztec soccer stars Marcelo Balboa and Eric Wynalda have no draft day history. However, both players became integral cogs of the United States Men's National Team and eventually went on to play in the MLS.
Currently, the Aztecs are represented in the MLS by Tally Hall, a fourth round selection by the LA Galaxy in 2004.