‘Thankful' Lee looks, feels at home after big game vs. D-backs

‘Thankful' Lee looks, feels at home after big game vs. D-backs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

It didn't take long for Jung Hoo Lee to become a fan favorite in San Francisco.

The 25-year-old outfielder endeared himself further to the Giants fan base by launching a leadoff home run over the right-field wall in the bottom of the first inning of San Francisco's 7-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.

It was Lee's first career homer at Oracle Park, a venue that quickly has made the first-year Giant feel at home due to the support he's received from the fans.

"Very happy and very thankful that the fans are cheering my name every time [I'm] at-bat," Lee said through interpreter Justin Han after Saturday's win.

Lee explained that he came to San Francisco understanding the challenge presented by the notoriously pitcher-friendly ballpark the Giants call home.

"I was very knowledgeable that it's hard to hit a home run at Oracle Park," Lee explained. "Never tried to hit a home run, but very thankful that I got it today."

Despite San Francisco getting throttled 17-1 in Friday's defeat to Arizona, a large group of fans behind home plate adorned in Lee jerseys offered a heartwarming moment in an otherwise unforgettable night.

Lee also notched an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning of Saturday's victory which provided the Giants an extremely valuable insurance run while putting the final touch on a superb afternoon for the electric outfielder.

With his pair of extra-base hits on Saturday, Lee has extended his hitting streak to 11 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the major leagues.

The Giants made a significant investment in Lee when they inked him to a six-year, $113 million contract in the offseason, with the early returns looking promising as he quickly carves out a special connection with the Bay Area fan base.

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