Wed Jul 23 11:38am EDT
Then check out the lineup for the east squad in this year's Korean All-Star Game, where nine — yes, nine — members of the Lotte Giants have been voted into the game. This story from The Korea Times doesn't mention anything about ballot-box stuffing, though it does seem a bit strange that a fourth-place team that's sitting right at .500 would get nine starters into the game.
"The only member of Lotte not to be voted into the starting lineup was outfielder Jung Su-gun, who was arrested and suspended indefinitely because he beat up a security guard during an early morning drunken rampage last week. The rest of the team is in — pitcher Son Min-han, catcher Kang Min-ho, infielders Lee Dae-ho, Park Hyung-sung, Jo Sung-hwan, Park Gi-hyuk, outfielders Karim Garcia and Kim Joo-chan, and DH Ma Hae-yeong. Doosan’s Lee Jeong-wook will be the lone representative from a non-Lotte team."
As mentioned in both the EWC and TKT articles, Karim Garcia (a.k.a. "The Latino Bambino") is making an impact on Korean baseball in a way that he never approached over 10 Major League seasons with seven different teams. With 21 homers and 80 RBI, Garcia is the leading All-Star vote-getter, is starting to make Koreans forget about the immortal Felix Jose and even has his own YouTube stalker fan.
(Follow the jump for video of Garcia riding a Korean subway with his very happy supporters:)