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Shin-Soo Choo is probably in The Best Shape of His Life

Feb 29, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

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So Shin-Soo Choo had a bad year.  So he goes back home to South Korea and his doctor, he suggested taking one these uh, aggression training courses. You know these aggression training courses like EST, those type of things?

Anyway, it cost 400 bucks! 400 bucks to join this thing? Well he didn’t have the money and he thought to himself, “Join the army”! It’s free. So he figured while he’s there he’ll lose a few pounds. And they got what, a 6 to 8 week training program there? A real tough one. Which is perfect for him:

After a tough 2011 season, the Indians outfielder spent four weeks with the South Korean army, fulfilling a service requirement for all men in his homeland. As part of a 180-man unit, Choo went on six-hour marches carrying a 50-pound knapsack, learned to shoot a gun and tossed hand grenades. The training not only got him into peak physical shape, but it got him mentally tougher and gave him time to contemplate his life.

Sounds like he walked out of there a Lean, Mean, Fightin’ Machine!

  1. Paul White - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Lighten up, Francis.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    He may be a lean mean fightin’ machine, but he is no John Candy.

    • cur68 - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      In memory of Duey “Ox” Oxberger, I tip my Blue Jays Cap to you, sir.

  3. okobojicat - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    “The training not only got him into peak physical shape, but it got him mentally tougher and gave him time to contemplate his life.”

    Kopy, pretty sure we need your roster up there.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      We need a new “Militant BSOHL.”

  4. mirmz - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    There need to be more posts with Stripes references. “Convicted? No. Never convicted.”

  5. sandpiperair - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    I noticed last season that he had been swallowing a lot of aggression.

    • ispysomething7 - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      Along with a lot of pizza’s

  6. APBA Guy - Feb 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I wonder if he ran into the Korean version of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman:

    “If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister of death praying for war. But until that day you are pukes. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human fucking beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian shit!”

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