Choo the man of the hour at Citi Field

Choo the man of the hour at Citi Field

NEW YORK -- Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo has been warmly welcomed at Citi Field throughout this week's three-game series vs. the Mets. New York has the nation's second-largest Korean population, with many living near the stadium in the Flushing section on Queens.

Choo hails from Pusan, South Korea. Before games, he has spent time on the top step of the visiting dugout signing a lot of autographs. Some fans were hurling multiple baseballs at once for him to sign.

"It's amazing," Choo said of his reception. "Even when I didn't play [Tuesday], they still came into the stands and were cheering for me and calling my name. It's special."

After getting a day off on Tuesday against a lefty starter, Choo was back in the leadoff spot and starting on Wednesday.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.