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Bomb menace in opposition to Shohei Ohtani overshadows star flip at MLB opener in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Police in South Korea were investigating a bomb threat on Wednesday against baseball star Shohei Ohtani, who is in Seoul for Major League Baseball’s first regular-season games in the country. They were alerted by the South Korean Consulate in Vancouver, which received an email written in English threatening to bomb the

Bomb menace in opposition to Shohei Ohtani overshadows star flip at MLB opener in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Police in South Korea had been investigating a bomb menace on Wednesday in opposition to baseball star Shohei Ohtani, who’s in Seoul for Main League Baseball’s first regular-season video games within the nation.

They had been alerted by the South Korean Consulate in Vancouver, which acquired an electronic mail written in English threatening to bomb the 18,000-seat Gocheok Sky Dome within the South Korean capital, the place Ohtani’s Los Angeles Dodgers are taking part in the San Diego Padres.

The Dodgers’ journey to Asia has drawn legions of followers, with Ohtani the headline act.

After looking out with sniffer canine, X-ray detectors and different gear, police stated no signal of a bomb had been discovered and that they had been offering further safety on the season opener on Wednesday, which is reportedly offered out.

Police stated the menace bore similarities to earlier ones that originated in Japan, and that they had been monitoring down the sender of the e-mail.

Image: Police Investigate Gocheok Sky Dome Ahead Of Seoul Series As Bomb Threat Is Reported
Cops at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Wednesday.Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Photos

The menace seemingly did little to discourage followers, who traveled from different components of South Korea, the USA and elsewhere for the two-game “Seoul Collection” between the Dodgers and Padres to open the season.

“I’ve no worries as our nation has very strict safety,” Kim Myeong-seo, a 33-year-old Dodgers fan from Daegu, South Korea, instructed Reuters. “It was very troublesome to get a ticket … I’m simply so excited and wish to go in as quickly as attainable.”

Ohtani, 29, joined the Dodgers in December after signing a 10-year, $700-million contract that was the largest in baseball historical past.

The 2-time American League Most Beneficial Participant, who has been in comparison with Babe Ruth, is so fashionable that South Korean followers have embraced him regardless of their nation’s historic rivalry along with his house nation of Japan, greeting him and the Dodgers like rock stars after they arrived at Incheon Worldwide Airport outdoors Seoul final week.

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Ohtani, who is usually described in Japanese as “the proper individual,” instructed reporters on Saturday that he has all the time revered South Korean baseball gamers and stated South Korea was “considered one of my favourite nations.”

However Ohtani isn’t the one draw: Followers are additionally flocking to see his teammate Yoshinobu Yamamoto, 25, who can also be from Japan and who additionally joined the Dodgers in December, signing a 12-year contract value $325 million.

The Padres, in the meantime, introduced Ha-Seong Kim, 28, a shortstop born and raised outdoors Seoul who beforehand performed at Gocheok Sky Dome with the Korea Baseball Group’s Kiwoom Heroes. In addition they function Japanese ace Yu Darvish. 

The ceremonial first pitch on the recreation on Wednesday was thrown by Chan Ho Park, 50, a former pitcher for the Dodgers, Padres and others who was the primary Korean-born participant in Main League Baseball.

“I do know our gamers are thrilled to place their skills on show in a rustic so wealthy with baseball custom and expertise, together with former Dodgers Chan Ho Park, Hee-Seop Choi and Hyun Jin Ryu,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten stated in a information launch asserting the Seoul video games final July.

Main League Baseball sees the potential for big market progress in Japan and South Korea, each nations with their very own nationwide groups {and professional} leagues in addition to extremely enthusiastic followers whose loud and spirited conduct at video games could be a type of leisure in itself.

Stella Kim reported from Seoul, South Korea, and Andee Capellan reported from Hong Kong.

Stella Kim

Stella Kim is an NBC Information freelance producer primarily based in Seoul.

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Andee Capellan

Andee Capellan is an intern for NBC Information primarily based in Hong Kong.

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