May 29, 2014 12:52
The first Korean major leaguer Park Chan-ho threw the ceremonial pitch in a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
The Dodgers' Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin received the ball.
Before throwing the first ball, Park signed autographs and gave a press interview with Ryu. He recalled that he got a chance to throw the first pitch last year, "but to my regret I couldn't come because I already had other plans. This time I'm glad I could make it."
"Hyun-jin has made Koreans proud and happy with great performances since he debuted last year. His play also showed how much Korean baseball has developed," he added.
Park debuted in Major League Baseball as a Dodgers pitcher in 1994. While playing for clubs such as the Dodgers, Rangers and Padres, he recorded 124 wins, the most wins in the MLB for an Asian player.
He went 84-58 with a 3.77 ERA in 275 games in nine seasons with the Dodgers from 1994 to 2001 and in 2008. His exceptional performance played a big role in bringing other Korean players into MLB.
Meanwhile, Jung Yong-hwa of K-pop band CNBLUE performed the Korean national anthem, and singer Ali performed U.S. anthem at the Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
Sponsored by Asiana Airlines, the Dodgers gave out Ryu Hyun-jin bobbleheads to 50,000 fans in the stadium.
The Dodgers won their third straight game by beating the Reds 6-3.
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