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Oh! The ignominy of it all
2006-03-14 13:08
by Bob Timmermann

The English language version of the Korean paper Chosun Ilbo has an interesting write-up of Korea's 7-3 win over the USA Monday night.

Team USA served up some last-minute fireworks with a three-hit surge that brought in two points. A far cry from the needed comeback, it at least provided a bit of relief for fans who had managed to stick out the heartbreak and unseasonably chilly weather.

Strong performances from the bullpen included Jeon Byung-doo (Kia), Kim Byung-hyun (Colorado), Koo Dae-sung (Hanwha), Jung Dae-hyun (SK) and Oh Seung-whan (Samsung) following opener Son Min-han (Lotte) and infielders like Park Jin-man (Samsung) and Kim Min-jae (Hanwha), who took up an impregnable defensive stance whenever the Korean team was facing crisis. They left the U.S.'s dream-team batting lineup with only eight hits.

Italics are mine.

I'm hoping this story was translated from Korean. Either that or this writer has been reading a lot of Grantland Rice.

2006-03-14 13:27:40
1.   Kayaker7
Kind of an oddly jingoistic writeup from a paper known to be a conservative, pro-America, rightwing rag. I wonder what Hankyoreh, the leftwing paper had to say about the game?
2006-03-14 13:44:51
2.   Bob Timmermann
If anyone can read Korean, here's the link to the Hankyoreh story:

The paper doesn't appear to have an English language translation. But it's advertising for one.

Babelfish translates the headline as this:

Did the baseball suzerain state come all of a sudden from force where of the soybean paste baseball which surprises?

2006-03-14 13:48:55
3.   Bob Timmermann has a Babelfished headline of:

In the world these people who nya major league astonishment

2006-03-14 14:48:45
4.   Kayaker7
2 To the best of my ability--there were some odd wordsmithing in that article--the body of the article translantes thusly:

Korea: a "Nuclear Whirlwind with a Cause"

A miracle has happened. Korea, whose history of professional baseball spans 24 years, damaged the ego of "The Preeminent Baseball Nation," the United States, whose history of professional baseball goes back 131 years.

Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey, Jr., Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones…, just one of these players' worth is greater than the annual salary of all the Korean players combined, and are Major League power hitters, but they took empty swings at the balls hurled by pitchers raised on kimchi and doenjang (Korean fermented soy paste). Even the Korean hitters did their part, garnering 10 hits against the top Major League pitchers, like National League Cy Young standout Dontrelle Willis. At the World Baseball Classic, Korean defeated Mexico and the United States, making one wonder, where this "Nuclear Whirlwind" baseball power come from?

2006-03-14 14:56:24
5.   Kayaker7
It kinda made me crack up. It is typical of the over-the-top, Korean journalism. When someone scores a goal in soccer, he "exploded" a goal. When Chanho Park pitches well, he "sprayed" bullets.
2006-03-14 15:24:27
6.   Bob Timmermann
I'm always worried seeing "nuclear" and "Korea" close together.
2006-03-14 15:43:15
7.   Linkmeister
Bob, are you suggesting that litany of names in the article you quote is reminisent of "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?"
2006-03-14 17:31:27
8.   Bob Timmermann
It just seemed a bit flowery that's all.

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