This had all the makings of a heroic moment, and Jun-Woo Jeon was ready to be a hero. Too ready, it would turn out. Jeon, of the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization, was up with a runner on base in the ninth inning, his team down two runs. So when he launched a deep fly to left field, he gave us the hero reaction: the bat flip, the slow trot, the finger-pointing to the dugout. He had just tied the game! And then the ball was caught on the warning track. Oops.
The best part is the shocked and devastated look on Jeon's face. He just stands on first base, stunned and probably embarrassed, while one opposing player pats him on the back and others laugh.
It's reminiscent of Willie Mays Hayes in "Major League 2" waving at ball when he think he's hit a homer ... but hasn't.
If you like hijinks from Korean baseball, we also recommend you check out this oddity from the KBO that we posted last week. Between them and Manny Ramirez in Taiwan, the Asian baseball market is bringing the hilarity lately.
BLS H/N: Dan from MyKBO.net.
More MLB coverage on Yahoo! Sports:
• What's not to like about Bryce Harper reckless style? | Slideshow
• MLB instant replay hits critical phase at owners' meetings
• Slideshow: Prince Harry and Yankees' Mark Teixeira play ball in Harlem