After hitting his first home run, The Los Angeles Angels first-basemen Ji-Man Choi is starting to get the hang of this whole baseball thing.
What a great thing we all dream, hitting a home run in a major league game. Ji-Man Choi lived that dream yesterday as he took a ball deep for his first Major League home run. The Aftermath was hilarious. As he jogged back into he dugout he high-fived a bunch of nothing as the Angels gave him the silent treatment. After a good minute the Angels mobbed him and congratulated him.
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Choi came into the club as rule 5 pick from the Orioles. originally with the Seattle Mariners, but got hit with PED violations forcing him to take time off. On the bench in the beginning of the season Choi wasn’t seeing that much action, watching Pujols and Cron taking the DH and 1st base spots. Sporting a poor batting average of .071 Choi was sent down to the minors so he could play every day and get into a rhythm.
After opting to go to Triple-A Salt Lake (Choi could have chosen to become a free agent after clearing waivers). Choi proved to be the left-handed bat the Los Angeles Angels picked him up for.
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At the beginning of the season he was 1 for 18. When the door opened up to come back to the majors, he took advantage of it. He is now 5-18 with 2 double and a homer. So far no one has worked harder to get back at it than Choi. The hard work paid off, after slugging his first homer and sparking a comeback against the first place Rangers.
After sparking the Los Angeles Angels best comeback of the season so far he hopes to keep the power up as an Angel. With the Rangers in town the Angels need to keep winning. Already, winning four straight games there’s no better way to start the second half. Maybe there is a chance at redemption for the Los Angeles Angels and Ji-Man Choi.