Saturday night, thanks to some late-inning heroics, the Rangers beat the Cardinals 4-3 to improve their record to 44-25. That's the best record in franchise history through 69 games. Texas beat St. Louis again Sunday afternoon (TEX 5, STL 4).
As part of his team's eighth inning rally Saturday, Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo singled to center against Cardinals setup man Seung Hwan Oh. Choo later came around the first run of the game for Texas. The single itself was fairly routine, but what makes this so noteworthy is the fact Choo and Oh were facing each other since they were in high school back in South Korea. Here's the video:
According to an old Naver report, as translated by Reddit user KloudMcJoo, things were very different when Choo and Oh met back in high school 16 years ago. Back then Choo was the pitcher and Oh was the position player. Choo was the staff ace and led his team to a championship.
Choo signed with the Mariners as an international free agent in 2000. He had greater potential as a position player, but the thought was he could always fall back on being a left-handed pitcher if he struggled to hit big league pitching. Obviously that hasn't happened. Choo's had a fine career.
Oh, on the other hand, remained in Korean and played with the Samsung Lion from 2005-13. He played with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan in 2014 and 2015 before signing with the Cardinals as a free agent this past offseason.
Baseball is a global game these days, and it is pretty darn cool to see players like Choo and Oh reunite on the field on the other side of the world nearly two decades after high school.