Apr 2, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) is mobbed by his teammates after his walk off walk in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Texas beat Philadelphia 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
The Texas Rangers knew what they were doing when they decided to bring Shin-Soo Choo to Arlington. Texas Rangers fans everywhere were told that this guy was an amazing on base percentage guy who could also hit and just finds a way to get on base. So far this season through one series, he has not disappointed.
Coming into tonights game, Shin-Soo Choo had a batting average of .286 and a OBP of .500. That means through two games Choo had been on base half the time. And, last night he scored the tying and winning runs thanks to Adrian Beltre hits. Tonight, Shin-Soo Choo did nothing except go 1-4 with a walk-off walk! The man knows when to take a pitch or two. Choo has a career OBP of .390, and it is already showing in his three games with the Texas Rangers, seeing that he has been involved in both walk-offs so far this season for the Texas Rangers.
Something that the Texas Rangers have been lacking for a while at the lead-off spot is patience, and that is exactly what Shin-Soo Choo brings to an organization. He swung at the first pitch, and then got behind in the count 1-2, but he held on to his bat for the next three pitches and was rewarded with a game winning RBI. The style of baseball that Ron Washington likes to play is exactly the style that Shin-Soo Choo plays. The season is already starting off better than I had hoped it would. My Robbie Ross prediction from earlier today on my other site was spot on (if I can brag on myself for a minute), I just missed how many runs the Texas Rangers were going to score. I honestly cannot wait to see what Choo is going to look like after a full season in Arlington. If other players will start learning his patience at the plate, this could turn out to be a great season for the Texas Ranger as a whole, but as is, it looks like it is going to be a great season for a fantastic lead off man, Shin-Soo Choo. I just hope that the Texas Rangers can win some games the old-fashioned way and simply out pitch and out score the other team instead of walking off every night!