Sleepless in Seoul: Thanks, Jung Ho

A lot of people in South Korea awoke to this headline Wednesday morning: “Kang Homers in Debut!” In the third inning of his spring debut Tuesday afternoon, Jung Ho Kang homered — at 4 a.m. Seoul time.

The clout was big news in his homeland. Not quite Neil-Armstrong-takes-first-step-on-the-Moon size, but still of national interest.

Received many Tweets like this one, from “Jane:” “There were many fans (like myself) who stayed up all night just to watch Jungho’s first game as a pirate. I’m glad I did.” … 

Best “new” swing in camp: Pedro Alvarez’s, whose three hits in the first two exhibitions have all gone to left field. … 

Best new beard in camp: That, too, belongs to Alvarez. …

Can’t believe how turned on people are about the Bucs’ new matte batting helmets. If you ask me, I think they’re dull. … 

You’ve probably read a lot about McKechnie Field’s new expanded clubhouse. What does that mean? This: Last spring, there was one big-screen TV; now there are 16. …

According to the Bovada sports book, the over-under for MLB’s highest HR total of the season is 42 1/2. That may be too high: The only guy to do 37-plus last season was Nelson Cruz (40), and he has moved from Baltimore’s Camden Yards into Seattle’s spacious Safeco Field.

Subsequently, if no one reaches 40 this season, it would be the first without a 40-homer man in 33 years — since Reggie Jackson led with 39 with the 1982 Angels. … 

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