June 04, 2015 10:34
Lee Seung-yeop of the Samsung Lions hit his 400th career homerun in Pohang on Wednesday, becoming the first player to reach the milestone in the history of the Korea Baseball Organization.
The Korean slugger hit a solo homer off the second pitch thrown by Lotte's starting pitcher Koo Seung-min in the bottom of the third inning. The scoreboard shot fireworks and had the number 400 flashing. Lee's father, wife and sons were in the stadium for the historical moment.
Seats near the outfield were completely filled with people hoping to grab Lee's 400th homerun ball half an hour before the game started. When Lee hit the ball to the grass area above right outfield, hundreds of fans ran after it.
The lucky person who retrieved the ball was a 43-year-old man who came all the way from Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, some four hours away by car from Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province.
"I'd like to return the ball to the team, but I will need to discuss it with my family. I hope Lee now goes for 500 homers," he said.
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