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Byung Ho Park bonds with Twins teammates over ‘The Bachelor’

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To say that Byung Ho Park is experiencing an understandable amount of culture shock after leaving South Korea for the United States following signing a four year, $12 million contract with the Minnesota Twins in December.

This is made all the more evident given that the slugger with the gaudy power numbers is familiarizing himself with American culture by watching”The Bachelor” with his new Twins teammates.

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe hosted an event on Monday for a handful of teammates where “The Bachelor” took center stage on the television. While it’s strange enough in its own right the notion that a bunch of ballplayers are spending their evenings during spring training watching that particular reality show, imagine poor Park, who has no experience in such shows, as there are no such offerings in his native South Korea.

“I didn’t understand it,” Park said in English, via the Pioneer Press.

Plouffe, along with his wife Olivia, welcomed Brian and Renee Dozier, Phil Hughes and his fiancée, and Park, who brought along his interpreter, J.D. Kim for the viewing party.

Park expressed gratitude to his teammates for including him.

“Of course it felt great to be invited,” he said through his interpreter. “Even though I don’t speak the language, we’re trying to get to know each other better. It was nice to spend time with my teammates, eating and talking.”

Despite the language barrier, Park’s teammates praised him for how hard he is working to pick up English.

“He understood a lot of the jokes,” Dozier said. “He’s gotten pretty good in English, enough to carry on conversations. We talked a lot about a lot of different things.”

But as far as “The Bachelor” is concerned? Even a strong grasp on the language being spoken on the show won’t help a reality show neophyte.

“Park was kind of confused why the guy (Ben) kept kissing all these different girls and he’s not married or dating any of them,” Dozier added. “He didn’t know what was going on.”

There’s a lot of people who would gladly agree with that sentiment. But strangely, not a handful of professional ballplayers on the Twins.

Manager Paul Molitor, while happy that the players are including Park in such activities, offered up the following observation.

“It’s funny they’d invite him over to watch ‘The Bachelor’ and not the Warriors against the Spurs,” he said.

Indeed.