Rafael Palmeiro was never known for being indecisive about whether to swing at a pitch. His younger son may not be either, but he sure did take his time deciding where to compete in college.
As first noted by MaxPreps, Preston Palmeiro finally committed to a collegiate baseball program on Sunday evening, choosing North Carolina State after a dominant senior season and post-grad summer when he had emerged as one of the nation's hottest hitters.
Palmeiro, who plays at third base and first base, like his father, made his commitment official on Twitter, committing to play for the Wolfpack just weeks before he will have to arrive on campus.
The younger of two Palemeiro brothers whose name starts with the letter "P" (brother Patrick is a prospect in the Chicago White Sox system), Preston Palmeiro starred for Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High in rural Dallas, batting .387 with 28 RBI as a senior. Despite those stats and his obvious heritage baseball DNA, Palmeiro was surprisingly passed over in June's MLB entry draft.
Now, he'll have to spend the next three seasons competing at the NCAA level, not that he seems to have any doubt that such a decision was the right move. Instead, he seemed to be more concerned with the authenticity of LeBron James commercials and the hot Texas summer.
Or even tweets about ever-present hiccups. Clearly, Preston Palmeiro is about as everyday a teen as you can run into on social media.
That's probably a heck of a good sign. It's nice to see a teenager relax the way he should before heading off to the next stage of his life, no matter when he decided where to go.