A brief interruption to Mattingly’s postgame presser tonight

Not sure how many of you use — or have ever heard of — something called KakaoTalk. If you don’t know what it is, here is the web site. I’m not telling you this to give them free advertising. I’m just trying to set up a funny story that came out of the postgame interview room tonight.

The only reason I know what KakaoTalk is, is that my very Korean significant other — you may see me refer to her at various times in this blog — uses it to communicate with her family back in Seoul so she doesn’t have to pay international long-distance charges. And whenever an incoming text message comes in, the alert that comes from her phone sounds like a very loud baby saying in slow, very loud baby talk, “Ka-kao Taaaalk.” It’s actually pretty strange, and really funny, the first time you hear it. And until tonight, the only time I had ever heard it was on her phone.

Well, as is usually the case after a Hyun-Jin Ryu start, the postgame interview room was extra crowded for Don Mattingly‘s media session because there were a lot of Korean reporters there. I mean, there were probably 40 people in there, and 25 of them were Korean media. Anyway, about halfway through, with Mattingly in the middle of an answer to some question, we all suddenly hear something that sounds like a very loud baby saying in slow, very loud baby talk, “Ka-kao Taaaaaalk.”

Almost everyone in the room looked around and snickered. One colleague later told me he thought there was a baby in the room. Mattingly initially pretended to ignore it, but then finally admitted, “I lost my train of thought.”

Anyway, just one of those weird moments that happen over the course of a baseball season.


  1. great little vignette tony! i vote more tidbits like this.

  2. This made me LOL. I know exactly the sound to which you refer (I use Kakao to text back and forth with my buddy in Japan) and it is hilarious sounding. Great story!

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