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Local Boy Hits the Big Leagues

By Reid Shimizu

OAKLAND (KHNL) - Three years ago,Kurt Suzuki was on top of the world after the Maui native helped lead Cal State Fullerton, to a College World Series championship.

A moment topped only by the huge surprise he received over the weekend.

"I'm just so blessed to have the opportunity, to have a chance to prove myself on the major league level," Suzuki said. "It was the best call up I ever got."

After spending just three seasons in the minor leagues, the 23-year old catcher from Baldwin High School is at an all time high, and ready to begin his rookie season in the majors.

"Its just an awesome feeling knowing that all your hard work paid off," he said, "Now you reached your goal, and your goal is to stay here."

Suzuki says he's already received advice from fellow hawaii standout, and Oakland A's pitcher Shane Komine.

Last season the former Kalani High School standout enjoyed a brief stint at the major league level making two starts for Oakland.

"(Komine) just told me to have fun," Suzuki said. "Obviously you're going to be nervous your first time out there but he just said go out and do what you can do."

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