Tuiasosopo Gets the Call

The first part of the puzzle is complete. As expected, Washington football signee Matt Tuiasosopo was drafted in the third round of the Major League Baseball draft Monday, leading to all kinds of speculation as to Matt's future. Will he play baseball for the Seattle Mariners? Will he play football for the Washington Huskies? Only one question has been answered so far.

"There's no chance I'll play both sports," Tuiasosopo told shortly after the Mariners took him with their first overall pick, the 93rd selection overall. "I'll only play one sport. I decided on that pretty much from the beginning."

After going to a couple of classes at Woodinville High School earlier Monday morning, Matt went home to anticipate the news of his draft status. The Mariners had talked to the Tuiasosopos the night before, but all Matt knew for sure was that any number of teams were interested in him and he could be picked at any time.

Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and the Chicago Cubs were the teams that appeared to show the most love for Matt's baseball prospects. While he was upstairs at home, playing Nintendo golf with this older brother - current UW fullback Zach - the rest of the family listened to the live MLB draft audio feed on the internet.

"When my name was called by the Mariners, my Mom (Tina) started screaming," said Matt, still wound up from the events of the day. "It was just such a shock to hear my name being called by the Mariners. They are my favorite team, a team I've watched since I was a little kid."

The Mariners called Matt to officially let him know of their selection. "They told me they would be calling me later so we could set up a sit-down meeting with everybody," Tuiasosopo said. "We'll know more after we sit down with them and talk."

A mid third-round selection would normally receive somewhere around $400,000, but because Matt is a well-known local athlete it's possible that the Mariners would pay top-dollar for a signed contract, especially since their 2002 frist-round selection, John Mayberry, elected to attend Stanford and play baseball. It's doubtful Seattle will let that happen again.

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