Smack 6 dingers, get a blog *

Choi at bat
ChoiCentral tracks the sudden rise to popularity of Dodgers first baseman Hee Seop Choi, who this weekend opened a lot of eyes by clubbing six home runs. I believe I heard on ESPN that it has only been done once before, but I can't find a written reference. Three of the home runs came on consecutive pitches from Brad Radke in Sunday's game against the Twins, inspiring headlines like Three Seop Choi, Three-Sock Joy and Ode to Choi. Six homers in a weekend was not enough to win Choi the Player of the Week honor — that went today to his former Dodgers teammate Shawn Green, who hit just three dingers all week — but it did win Choi some awe from Twins centerfielder Torii Hunter: "That's very impressive. I've never seen that, even in Little League." Dodger Thoughts' Jon Weisman, who has been counseling patience with the streaky Korean-born Choi, asks his readers, "What do you say - should we take a chance on this guy?"

* 10 p.m. update: Bill MacDonald reported on Fox Sports West that Times sports columnist T.J. Simers locked verbal horns with ex-Dodger and Angel hall of famer Frank Robinson at tonight's Angels game. Robinson manages the visiting Washington Nationals. Simers explains his side in Tuesday's paper.

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