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Canadian slugger in S. Korean baseball does best Carlton Fisk impression

All Headlines 07:41 November 05, 2018

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Nov. 5 (Yonhap) -- When SK Wyverns' slugger Jamie Romak launched a deep fly ball to left against the Nexen Heroes during their Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) postseason game last Friday, the ball started outside the foul pole.

But when Romak saw the ball was cutting back to the right on its way down, he tried to will it back. With his right arm stretched out, Romak cut a figure reminiscent of Carlton Fisk -- the Hall of Fame catcher for the Boston Red Sox who waved the ball fair after hitting a game-winning home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Jamie Romak of the SK Wyverns celebrates his three-run home run against the Nexen Heroes in the bottom of the sixth inning of Game 5 of the second round playoff series in the Korea Baseball Organization at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, on Nov. 2, 2018. (Yonhap)

Romak's ball ended up in the fair territory for a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning of the deciding Game 5 at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon, just west of Seoul. It tied the score at 3-3, and the Wyverns went on to win the game 11-10 in 10 innings to reach the Korean Series against the Doosan Bears.

"Without a doubt, it was the most meaningful home run I've hit in my entire career," Romak told Yonhap News Agency on Sunday before Game 1 of the Korean Series.

Romak, 33, wasn't even born when Fisk blasted his iconic homer, though as a former major leaguer, Romak must surely have known about the moment before he got his own momentum-shifting home run.

Asked if he could now be called the KBO's Fisk, the Canadian said with a smile: "I have a lot of nicknames over here. We can just add that one to the list."

Romak went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Wyverns' 7-3 victory in Game 1. The Bears, as the best regular season team by a mile, were considered the prohibitive favorites, but the Wyverns stole the first game on the road with Han Dong-min and Park Jung-kwon each delivering two-run homers.

Romak said he will embrace the challenge of playing the top-seeded team with the championship on the line.

"We played great games against them all year. It's a fun team to play against," he said. "I always look forward to coming and playing games at Jamsil against them. I think it will be a continuation of what we saw against Nexen -- exciting baseball for the fans."

Jamie Romak of the SK Wyverns watches his three-run home run against the Nexen Heroes in the bottom of the sixth inning of Game 5 of the second round playoff series in the Korea Baseball Organization at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, on Nov. 2, 2018. (Yonhap)

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