For mighty Hee-Seop has struck out.
Slugger Choi Hee-seop of the Kia Tigers has broken up with his fiancée just a month before their planned wedding, according to an interview with Choi in Tuesday’s issue of Sports Seoul.
The sports daily said that Choi, 28, met with fiancée Aya Yasuda, 30, at a hotel in Seoul and agreed to end their engagement.
Choi met Yasuda after being traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004. She was working as a TV reporter covering the Dodgers.
In March of last year while in Tokyo for the World Baseball Classic, Choi met Yasuda’s parents and got their approval to continue meeting her. They were engaged in Korea last December.
Yasuda is the daughter of Fuyou Group chairman, one of Japan’s 10 largest conglomerates. An accomplished woman with an MBA from the U.S., she now runs a cosmetics business in Japan.
I don’t mean to dump on a guy’s personal life, especially considering I was a big supporter of Choi, and never could understand Jim Tracy’s refusal to give him a shot when the 2005 season was going down the tubes (I still wake up in cold sweats thinking of Jason Phillips and Jason Grabowski playing first base)but… she’s cute, she’s rich, she’s smart, she’s cute, her parents are cool with it, she covered the Dodgers, and she’s cute?
Poor Hee-Seop. Those stats just keep heading south.