Ryu's pitching speaks volumes at Dodgers

Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:43am EST
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SEOUL (Reuters) - Not being able to speak English has been a source of frustration for Dodgers starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin since arriving in Los Angeles two years ago, but it has also had its upsides.

The 27-year-old, who has earned the third spot in the Dodgers rotation behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, said he had been able to strike up close friendships with other foreign players such as Dominican Juan Uribe.

And not being able to understand everything that was said about him at stadiums on the road was also a plus, he added.

“I'm not sure if I've got a lot better than before but I can understand what other players are saying now," Ryu said at an event for fans in Seoul on Tuesday.

"But it still make me sad that I can’t speak well. I call my interpreter when I get frustrated."

Ryu said there were several players on the Dodgers roster who did not speak English as their native tongue and they had gone through the same problems he had.

"If I had been able to speak English perfectly then I might not have been able to hang around with those players," he said.

"I just really wanted to communicate with them, so even though my English wasn't perfect I was able to be close with them.

"And when we go on the road, the fans use bad language but I don't care because I don't understand them," he added with a laugh.   Continued...

Oct 6, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at Busch Stadium. Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports - RTR496FI