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Hochman: Best Korean export since 'Parasite,' pitcher Kim arrives at Cards camp

JUPITER, Fla. — The dozen or so journalists who traveled from South Korea to South Florida flocked toward the rock star, the photographers hoping to get an angle the others couldn’t, the writers hoping to get an angle the others couldn’t, either.

How big of a deal is Cardinals pitcher Kwang-Hyun Kim to the people of South Korea? On Monday, Kim’s first day in Jupiter, the journalists excitedly interviewed Cards teammate John Gant, in efforts to ask him, through interpreters, just what was it like to play catch with the guy.

And the way everyone was ogling at the spectacle that was Kim, it made you think — he didn’t come all this way to be a relief pitcher.