Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Choo: Korean Documentary Star

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 3:58 PM

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Shin-Soo Choo is taking the world by storm. Okay, maybe just Cleveland and Korea. And, actually, maybe just Korea, since Clevelanders still don't grasp how productive Choo was the last two years — .946 OPS in 2008 (albeit in 370 PA), and a .883 OPS in 2009 (137 OPS+, good for ninth best in the AL). He's not flashy, got jobbed over — unsurprisingly — for a Silver Slugger award, and continues to dole out doubles and throw people out on the base paths.

Anyway, onto the point: There's now a documentary on Choo in Korea called “Choo Shin-soo, Hitting Major League At Last” (aka “Choo”). It covers a lot, including his career in the majors, but it's not all about baseball, at least that's the best I can tell from the translated story found here. Seems as if Choo reaching the 20-20 milestone was a nice capper for a documentary that started well before it was evident that he was going to reach that plateau.

There's a nice little Q&A with the director in the story I linked above that you should read, but below is an excerpt that I love just because it's strange. Enjoy.

Q: There were some scenes in the documentary that I couldn’t understand. Before he leaves for the locker room, he waxes his hair at home. But at the locker room, he didn't have any wax on his head.
Kim: You have a keen eye. (laugh) It’s a long story. We first tried to shoot him going to the locker room and inside the locker room as well. We talked it over with the team, but there was miscommunication with the Korean manager and when we went in there with the cameras, Choo Shin-soo was very surprised. No journalist had come into the locker room at such a time. So we couldn’t shoot that day and we told him we were going to shoot him in the evening inside the locker room. I don’t remember exactly, but we went there three times to shoot that scene.

And finally, since there's no embeddable or linkable video from the documentary, we'll finish this up with a video of the Wonder Girls — a popular Korean girls group — during their time in Cleveland.

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