There were times during the season when none of this seemed real to Brian O'Keefe.
That all changed - forever - in the last week.
That's when O'Keefe, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior catcher for St. Joseph's, came under the close scrutiny of scouts, coaches, and front-office types in a series of workouts for executives with the Yankees, Phillies, Mets, Pirates, and Nationals.
"They conducted the workouts right there in the ballparks," said O'Keefe, projected by some to go in the middle rounds of the draft, which begins Thursday. "I started to feel the anxiety, the tightening in my stomach. And then I just settled in. This is something I dreamed about all my life. I relaxed, and it started to get a little easier."