“Handsome?” Lee Jung-hoo’s English skills made Boras burst into laughter. “In front of foreign reporters in a foreign language… Amazing.”

Lee Jung-hoo captivated the U.S. with his English self-introduction and jokes at a press conference for joining the San Francisco Giants. Although it was not a fluent pronunciation, many fans showed positive reactions to Lee Jung-hoo’s efforts to do his best even though he was not used to speaking in English. His quickness to joke in English was also outstanding.

“Hello Giants.” Lee Jung-hoo introduced himself in English at the joining press conference held at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California, early on the 16th (Korea Standard Time). Although he could not deviate from the Korean pronunciation as a player who grew up in Korea, his efforts to use English were praised.

When Lee Jung-hoo introduced himself as “Grandson of the Wind From Korea,” there was laughter among American reporters. Lee Jung-hoo then thanked the high-ranking members of the San Francisco club, agent Scott Boras and Boras Corporation officials, and vowed to do his best to fans in English again. 스포츠토토

“I Always Have Love Bay Area From Here As A Young Ball Player.”

“I’m Here To Win. And I Will Always Give My Best Effort To Teamsters And Fans.”

At the end of his introduction, Lee Jung-hoo shouted, “Let’s Go Giants!” and colored the press conference with laughter.

Lee Jung-hoo’s self-introduction prompted a response from SNS. “It must have been incredibly difficult. I respect you,” “It couldn’t have been easy to have a press conference in front of foreign reporters in a foreign language.” “You must have practiced a lot. It’s good to see that. Seeing that you are trying so hard in the press conference, I think you will work hard in the baseball stadium.” Many people said, “I like you.”

Some people compared Shohei Ohtani, who held a press conference the previous day (15th), saying, “It’s better than Otani,” like a San Francisco fandom who always calls for “Beat LA.”

After receiving a uniform from President Farhan Zaidi and wearing a hat, Lee Jung-hoo jokingly said, “Handsome?” to U.S. reporters. Not only the reporters but also Boras who was next to him smiled broadly.

As Lee Jung-hoo moved to the Major League, his nickname “Son of the Wind” became a hot topic of conversation. This helped export the fact that his father, former LG coach Lee Jong-beom, had a nickname “Son of the Wind” and some even asked about it at a press conference.

When asked who was faster than his father, Lee said, “My father was really fast. Now I win, but if I were to say that I played at the same age, I would never win,” in complimenting Lee. “Now (my father) is old hamstring,” he joked.

San Francisco signed a six-year, $113 million contract with Lee Jung-hoo on the 13th. It exceeded Masataka Yoshida’s five-year, $90 million, and became the most expensive Asian batter to enter the Major League with the posting system at once.

He is currently the highest paid player on the San Francisco roster. His salary will be 7 million dollars next year and 5 million dollars in down payment. After that, his salary will increase. He will be paid 16 million dollars in 2025, and 22 million dollars in 2026 and 2027. If opt-out (early FA rights) is not implemented after the end of the fourth season, his salary in 2028 and 2029 will be 20.5 million dollars.

It will also donate a total of $565,000 to the Giants Community Fund, a charitable foundation. It will donate $60,000 in 2024, $80,000 in 2025, $110,000 in 2026 and 2027, and $102,500 in 2028 and 2029.

Given that he ranks first in annual salary in his team, he can see San Francisco’s expectation for Lee Jung-hoo. When asked to introduce himself, Lee said, “I am young. My heyday is not here yet. I can improve myself and improve my skills here,” adding, “I am confident that I will show results beyond my performance in the KBO league in the Major League.

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