"More than the actual 3,000th hit, I remember the week prior," Suzuki said through a translator before Friday's game. "We were home for the whole week. I just had pinch-hitting opportunities. Every night was a pinch-hitting opportunity and that was really difficult. I was able to start on the last day of the road trip and getting it then."
"When he goes to Seattle in 2001, suddenly all of his games are being televised by NHK," he said, referring to Japan's national broadcaster. "All of Japan wanted to see how he would do."