Few people tackle an assignment like Jerry.
Recently he has taken to his weekly podcast homework assignments with renewed vigor, and never more so than when he headed to Camden Yards to get the scoop on Hyun Soo Kim, and his interpreter and all of the burning questions I had.
Are these two dudes living together?
Does the translator challenge Kim to learn new English words on a daily basis?
Is it true that Kim was one of the most volatile hotheads of the KBO?
This seemed to be right up Jerry’s alley. If you listened to last week’s pod, I thought I was making it fairly clear I was actually pretty interested in the translator and was thinking Jerry was going to be able to just chat with him. Instead we got three minutes of interview gold here between Jerry and both guys. Turns out Kim is on his Honeymoon, which led to the sidekick getting the boot down the street. Justifiably so.
It goes without saying that Kim of course had a huge game within hours of speaking to Jerry, sparking the huge 1-0 win over the Yankees last week and following in the footsteps of Joey Rickard and Darren O’Day as Orioles who had massive contributions just after speaking to us. I’m just saying …
After listening to this clip, however, I am filled with more questions. There might be a second component to this homework, now. Do, does the translator have to drop everything whenever Kim calls? What’s the craziest thing he got asked to say or figure out? Has he ever ordered a pizza to Kim’s house for him? How did Kim choose his walk-up music, and what is it? Do they have walk-up tunes in the KBO? Does the translator like go shopping with Kim’s wife and help her around the mall and grocery story?
Am I the only one with even more burning questions now than ever? I have a dream that by the end of the season Jerry and the translator are like boys and going out for a shot and a beer after the games and stuff. I want to make this dream a reality. I see this relationship blossoming. By September the translator is going to have had a cocktail from one of the bevy of frozen glasses in the back of Jerry’s freezer. I just know it.
UPDATE: so apparently out intrepid producer, Kevin Zwicker, is way ahead of me on the walk-out music thing and has already included it on the bumper music to the interview. Yet still I have questions – what is this tune? Why did it strike a chord with Kim? Is this like the top of the charts pop tune in Korea is it like Korean indie rock? Coleman needs to get to the bottom of the origins of all of this. And soon. Like as soon as these guys get back from Minnesota.