Kurt Suzuki talks about being a dad

Oakland A's catcher Kurt Suzuki talks about being a first-time dad.
May 3, 2011 8:03:44 PM PDT
Baseball is a six-month, 162 game grind. It gets even tougher if you become a first-time parent during the season, like Oakland A's catcher Kurt Suzuki did last week.

Suzuki has hit two home runs since the birth of his daughter Malia last week and this first time dad is loving it.

"It's beautiful. I'm having a great time. I get to go back home now and forget about everything when I pick up my daughter," said Suzuki.

Baseball is a grind and being a sleep-deprived dad doesn't help.

"I'm actually starting to feel better. I've got the best wife in the world. She stays up with her, sleeps with her, all night, and makes sure I get my rest," said Suzuki.

In the old days, there was no paternity leave in baseball.

"I can't imagine, there's no way. I can't imagine missing either one, two, or three, any child, I can't imagine missing," said Suzuki.

Kurt will be missing Malia on the road though.

"Yeah, it's going to be tough, I'm definitely going to miss seeing her, but at the same time, you got to go on the road and when I come home, I'll be spending as much time as I can with her," said Suzuki.

Kurt claims it was amazing watching the birth of his first child.

"Oh, it's incredible, it's incredible watching my wife go through labor. I mean, she's a trooper, she's tough," said Suzuki.

"I get hit by baseballs and stuff, but after seeing that it's like, 'Oh, it's nothing,'" said Suzuki.

Malia Grace Suzuki would be proud.


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