The Arizona State Sun Devils were just a few outs away from the chance to play for the 1998 College World Series championship when then-head coach Pat Murphy learned one of his outfielders, Rudy Arguelles, had been drafted.

Arguelles laced a base hit to the outfield and Murphy, coaching third base, called timeout and trotted across the field for a chat with his outfielder.

“I said, ‘Hey, way to swing the bat, and by the way, the Angels just drafted you,” said Murphy, now the manager of the Tucson Padres. “His eyes welled up. It was real special.”

The former ASU coach had told countless players they had been drafted, but Arguelles, drafted in the 47th round, was a special case. He was a 25-year-old who had gone back to college after three years of working on the docks.

“That’s probably the one I remember the most,” Murphy said Thursday night before the Tucson Padres game.


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