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Antic Boy vs. Nice Guy
2006-09-12 11:34
by Bob Timmermann

The Korean newsite 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).

About Igawa:

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.

2006-09-12 12:19:38
1.   Gagne55
That's the same Lee who dominated the WBC, right?
2006-09-12 12:24:37
2.   Bob Timmermann
Yes, the "Lion King."
2006-09-12 12:40:15
3.   Sliced Bread
Yankee-centric me, I thought "Antic Boy vs. Nice Guy" was Ortiz v Jeter. This is a better story though.
2006-09-12 12:41:38
4.   xaphor
Igawa has good taste; Detective Conan is a fantastic show.
2006-09-12 12:48:20
5.   Bob Timmermann
You know, there just aren't enough Jeter vs. Ortiz stories out there.
2006-09-12 13:12:26
6.   Sliced Bread
5 Someday the baseball media types are going to pick up on those overlooked players.

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