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East Texan heads to World Series

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LUFKIN, TX (KLTV) -

It's a moment East Texan Brandon Belt had worked for his entire life. 

"You dream about it growing up a little kid," said Belt, after hitting a home run in the Giants NLCS clinching win over the Cardinals.  "It finally gets here and it's surreal. You can't really wrap your mind around it."

Surreal for Belt.

Unbelievable for his father.

Darrell Belt will get to watch his son play in the World Series.

"I don't know that it's ever soaked in," said the proud father.  "I still look at him as my boy. But when you get around watching it on TV and hear people talking about him, you say 'That's my kid.'"

Just six years ago, Brandon Belt was dominating at Hudson High School outside of Lufkin. Now he's about to take baseball's biggest stage. 

His former coach has followed the entire journey.

"We feel like we're apart of it even though we're not out there with him," said Hudson baseball coach Glen Kimble. "We're rooting for him like we are there."

Kimble added, "It's just really neat for coaches, players, everybody at Hudson. My phone rings off the hook. Not just Hudson people, I'm talking Lufkin and Huntington, just all around. He's from East Texas and he's something everyone is proud of."

As Belt prepares for his first World Series appearance Wednesday night, the former Hudson Hornet won't forget where it all started.

"One of the biggest reasons I want to do well out here is I want to do well for my home and for East Texas because they have been so great to me my entire life," said Belt.

His hometown couldn't be prouder.

"He carry's the flag for us in a great way," said Kimble.  "He's a better person than a ball player and that's something you can't say for everybody."

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