SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 07: Ji-Man Choi #26 of the Tampa Bay Rays jokes before the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on May 07, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi does more than just play baseball. Apparently he channels spirits from the afterlife, too.  According to “The first time, Choi said, was shortly after back surgery in 2011. He felt a spirit on his chest that awoke him, and then he felt the bed slump. “I was scared at first,” Choi said, “so I didn’t want to open my eyes. I dealt with that a lot more times after that.” Another time, Choi claims to have been laying on his side when he felt a spirit crawling up behind him, then felt a hug and heard some murmuring in his ear. ”

A ghost hugged him and then whispered in his ear? That’s a bit over the line. Ji-Man Choi is from South Korea, and I gotta say – if I’m in a foreign country that does free ghost hugs and creepy ear whispering, I’m out. I’d be on a plane heading back home. But Choi just rolls with it. Apparently it’s such a common occurrence  to him that they put it up on the scoreboard during a game last night. Choi originally played for the Angels, so they had some background on him.


  • The Scoreboard At Angel Stadium


    Posted by Baseballer on Monday, May 9, 2022
  • Gamesmanship

    I’m wondering if they were trying to mess with him as he came to the plate, or if they just had a fun story and wanted to share. Either way, I’m sure the 20,000 in attendance enjoyed the extra.

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