The Korean newsite Donga.com has a report on the battle between Yomiuri Giants slugger Seung-Yeop Lee (the "Nice Guy") and Hanshin Tigers pitching ace Kei Igawa (Antic Boy).
He is known for his wild and widely broadcasted antics. Igawa, a computer game and animation maniac, missed the championship ceremony because he was watching an animation cartoon. The day after he missed a TV animation broadcast of "Case Closed: Detective Boy Conan" because of a prolonged game, he came back the next day to pitch a shutout in revenge.
Igawa also says that he was inspired to become a professional pitcher because he wanted his little brother to be able to use him as a pitcher in his video baseball game.
As for Lee:
Although his trademark is his naïve appearance, Lee has been skilled at anticipating the pitches. He had a tough time his first year in Japan, but now in his third year, he has mastered the Japanese pitchers' routines. Of the first pitches he hit, he currently holds a batting average of 0.517 (30 hits from 58 at-bats) and 12 homeruns.
Lee leads all of Japan with 39 homers on the season. Michihiro "Guts" Ogasawara of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters leads the Pacific League with 31.