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Former Diamond Dog living big league dream for the New York Yankees (KFSN)

It's the call every baseball player dreams of, the call to the big leagues.

"Pretty crazy day, getting the call midnight, 1:00 am then driving 6 hours to the Bronx, I'm glad my family, my parents and everybody was there to support me," said former Fresno State baseball player and current Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge.

"Then getting a chance to play in Yankee Stadium for the first time, seeing the park, on the field, man it was overwhelming, man I loved it, what a great experience."

This wasn't just any day, prior to his debut, the Yankees held a ceremony honoring the 1996 World Series championship team and before his first at-bat teammate Tyler Austin hit a home run in his first ever at-bat, setting the stage for Judge.

"Seeing Tyler go and have a good bat and hit one out, man that was unreal, I was on deck I had the chills, I had to take my time walking to the plate. Once I kind of relaxed, I just tried to put the barrel on the ball," said Judge.

Judge followed with his own big blast, hitting a home run in his first at-bat as a major league player.

"I blacked out a little bit, I don't remember touching first, I almost missed 2nd, it was just a pretty overwhelming experience."

An experience the former Diamond Dog is sharing with those closest to him.

"It's great all my family and friends have been supporting me along this journey, I still have all my family and friends supporting me out in Fresno, I'm excited to go out here and win a couple ballgames."

At just 24 years old, Judge is living out his big league dream.

"Just keep working hard and just remember to always have fun. That's the biggest thing, you know whatever sport, if you are working, even if it's not a sport go out there, have fun, enjoy it and things will work out for the best."

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