Pittsburgh Pirates Teammates Make History in Walk Off Win Against Houston
By Marty Leap
In Tuesday night's walk off victory over the Houston Astros a pair of teammates made history for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the country of South Korea
As ESPN's Tim Kurkjian likes to say, one of the best parts of attending a Major League Baseball game is that you may see something that you have never seen before. Well, this was the case for fans who attended or watched Tuesday night's matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros.
In a 7-4 walk off victory for the Pittsburgh Pirates, there was just under 10,000 people in attendance at PNC Park. The fans who were there got to witness history in person, just as those who watched the game on TV got to witness it from their homes.
The game ended when South Korean rookie Ji Hwan Bae launched a walk off 3-run home run over the Clemente Wall. Earlier in the game, Ji Man Choi launched a solo home run over the Clemente Wall. This made Bae and Choi the first pair of Korean born teammates to hit a home run in the same MLB game.
Bae and Choi hitting home runs made it not just a special day for the Pirates, but a special day for the entire country of South Korea. It also produced this incredible call from the South Korean announce crew.
The fun and exciting calls from South Korean announcers should be nothing new to Pirate fans. During his time with the Pirates, slugging infielder Jung Ho Kang generated plenty of calls like this from the South Korean announce team.
Kang was a major part of the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates who won 98 games. Had it not been for Kang getting injured on a dirty late season slide by Chris Coghlan of the Chicago Cubs, the Pirates very well may have won the National League Central that season and gone on to a deep run in October, but I digress.
Back to Bae and Choi. Hopefully this was just teh first of many big games for the two this season. If both Bae and Choi go on to produce big nights at the plate with any regularity, then the Pirates will be better positioned to continue their strong start to the season.