‘SF Man’ Lee Jung-hoo’s popularity is realized

Major League Baseball’s San Francisco, which signed 25-year-old Lee Jung-hoo, has shown affection for his dog. Local interest in Lee Jung-hoo is heating up.

On the 17th, San Francisco posted several photos of Lee’s dog, Kao, on the team’s official social media account, saying, “I bet you didn’t know he was coming to Plus One.” In addition to the photos with Lee Jung-hoo, he also posted several photos of Kao on his own and introduced them as ‘THIS IS KAO’. “Thank you for sharing,” Lee said in a comment.

Kao is a dog that Lee has had since middle school. Last year, they even graced the cover of a pet magazine together.

San Francisco’s interest in Lee’s dog is similar to how the Los Angeles Dodgers recently treated Shohei Ohtani. When Ohtani won the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award on March 17, he brought his dog along for a video interview. “His name is Decoy,” Ohtani said when asked about his dog during his Dodgers introductory press conference.

The signing reflects San Francisco’s intention to make Lee a specialist star for the team.

The Giants officially announced the signing of Lee on July 15. “Welcome to the San Francisco Giants, Lee Jung-hoo,” the team posted on its social media accounts, announcing the signing in both English and Korean. The contract was for six years and a total of $113 million (approximately KRW 146.2 billion).

Since then, the team’s social media has been “plastered” with photos of Lee. They even highlighted his dog and showed interest in his every move.

On the 17th, Lee attended a home game of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) at the Chase Center in San Francisco, U.S., and was shown on the stadium’s electronic scoreboard with the caption, “San Francisco outfielder”.

Lee’s induction ceremony, held at the clubhouse at Oakleigh Park in San Francisco on April 16, was attended by more than 100 people, including club officials and local media. San Francisco treated Lee right by giving him the same number, 51, that he wore in the KBO. Lee even took the time to ask, “Are you handsome?” after wearing the San Francisco jersey. “He made a charming and witty first impression,” said US media outlet The Athletic.

Lee said, “I’m happy to fulfill my dream of playing in the major leagues. I came here to win. Let’s go Giants,” he said with a reminiscent look.

He added, “I’m excited to play against my brother Kim Ha-seong (San Diego) on a different team. He always has good things to say. I’m going to ask him a lot of questions in the United States.”

“I didn’t learn anything directly from my dad,” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd, before adding, “I learned character issues, how to be a good person, how to (act) when you’re doing well.”


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