Two local boys end final face-off in the major league

Kurt Suzuki
Kurt Suzuki

By Stephen Florino - bio | email

OAKLAND, CA (KHNL) - In the majors.  Oakland hosted Philadelphia for the final game of their 3-game series Thursday.

It marks the end of an historic match-up between two local boys. Good or bad.

Local baseball fans want to know what Shane Victorino and Kurt Suzuki are doing.

"It's cool, I mean, to have all that support, it's definitely exciting knowing everyone in Hawaii's following you, cheering for you, and hoping for the best for you. So it's awesome," said Suzuki.

The two Maui major leaguers, playing on the same field for the first time since high school.

"You know, we grew up playing against each other," said Suzuki.  "He's a couple years older than I am, but it's great just to put Maui on the map baseball wise. It's awesome."

Victorino was drafted straight out of Saint Anthony's High School in 1999.

And served as inspiration to Suzuki.

The Baldwin grad got the call in 2004.

"It's always been my dream to get drafted. To see him go through it, definitely made me work harder, just so I could follow in his footsteps," said Suzuki.

Suzuki followed Victorino's footsteps by becoming just the third Maui boy to play in the majors.

But he's definitely making a name for himself.

While Victorino is known as the flying Hawaiian for his speed around the base paths.

Suzuki's becoming one of the best defensive catchers in the league.

"Now we're at the stage of the major league level, it's cool, I mean, there's nothing more you could ask for," said Suzuki.

Suzuki probably wants one more match-up against Victorino.

Because they're in different leagues, the next time they'd play each other this season would be in the World Series.