Well, it appears Los Angeles Dodgers rookie left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has a pretty decent excuse as to why he wasn’t available to fly to Australia to help promote their season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was too busy filming a commercial — and having a great time doing it — for Ottogi noodles back in his native country of South Korea.
Here's a look at the finished product courtesy of For The Win:
No word yet from D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson as to whether or not this is a satisfactory reason for Ryu to not be available for the promotional venture down under. We also don’t have any reports yet from South Korea as to how the commercial is being received there, but based on the volume of blog posts and tweets dedicated to it, it has already gained strong approval ratings here in the United States.
Of course, that might have something to do with the entertaining blooper reel video that accompanies the commercial itself.
A few takeaways from the commercial shoot.
• Based on the number of takes, it appears Hyun-Jin Ryu genuinely loves Ottogi noodles.
• Those Jin Ramen uniforms looked awfully familiar.
• Was that awkward movement in the crowd scene at the end Ryu's attempt at doing the "Cabbage Patch" dance?
• Why did they leave out the slow motion slurp from the 0:28 mark in the blooper reel?
• If you're not hungry for Ottogi noodles right now, something might be wrong.
The Ottogi commercial isn't Ryu's first endorsement since joining the Dodgers. In fact, it only took him three MLB starts until he was picked up as a spokesman for Hanmi Bank, which specializes in the Korean-American community and has 27 branches throughout most of California. Fellow South Korean Shin-Soo Choo has been with Hanmi Bank since 2011.
If the early returns are any indication, Ryu may just have a future here. If you want him endorsing your product, you better act fast.
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