WATCH: Korean Announcers Go Nuts Over Jung Ho Kang’s Return
It was impossible to dislike Jung Ho Kang's 2016 season debut in Friday's night's tilt between his Pittsburgh Pirates and the hosting St. Louis Cardinals, well, except if you were a Cardinals fan in attendance that night.
A native of Gwanngju, South Korea, Kang was a successful player in South Korea's KBO League, and he also participated in the World Baseball Classic, representing his homeland. Last season, he made the transition to America, where he helped his new team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, win 98 games, contributing with a .287 average to go along with 15 home runs and 58 RBI's.
However, Kang, who came in 3rd in Rookie of the Year voting last season, missed Pittsburgh's abbreviated playoff run last season, suffering a broken leg and torn MCL on a double play sequence, ending his season and delaying his 2016 debut.
When that moment did come, however, Kang picked up where he left off, smacking two home runs, dingers that would eventually become the difference in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win over St. Louis.
No one reacted better, not even Kang or his Pirates teammates, than the Korean announcers calling the game.
Overall, a triumphant return for the second year player, who is sure to figure greatly into Pittsburgh's intentions to return to the postseason. Currently, they sit at 16-13, good for 2nd in the NL Central.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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