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Dust Devils' Take Pride in Former Tri-City Players Making the Big Leagues

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PASCO, Wash. -- Dust Devils Manager Freddie Ocasio and the Tri-City Dust Devils have a proven track record of getting players to the big leagues.

Over the years, dozens of former Tri-City players have made the jump to the show. The latest and most successful is Charlie Blackmon, who is batting .343 with the Rockies since being called up.

Current Dust Devils' players are taking notice.

"You meet these guys, you hang out with them in spring training, they're just like you," said infielder David Hernandez. "They talk to you, they don't 'big league' you but it's cool to see someone whose been in your shoes and I'm just going to try and follow in his footsteps, go as far as I can with it," said infielder David Hernandez.

"He (Blackmon) does everything right and you just need to get to that caliber, do every little thing right in the game," said outfielder Jared Simon.

"Charlie is a great kid and it's awesome to watch the Rockies games nowadays," said manager Freddie Ocasio. "Most of those players played here at one point."

The Dust Devils host Everett Friday night in their season opener.