Rockies reliever's new jersey number may contain profane message

Colorado Rockies reliever Seunghwan Oh may have put some thought into his new jersey number. With both his old numbers currently taken by players on the Rockies, Oh opted to wear “18” with his new club. He may have picked that number for a profane reason.

What’s the profane message in Seunghwan Oh’s new number?

What’s so profane about No. 18? Allow Sung Min Kim to explain:

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Korean curse words, the way you say “eighteen” in Korean sounds pretty similar to the way you say the mother of all swear words in English. You know the one we’re talking about, right? It’s the one Ralphie says in “A Christmas Story.” In Korean, eighteen and that word sound similar.

Oh was born in South Korea, and spent years pitching in the Korean Baseball Organization before coming to Major League Baseball.

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DENVER, CO - JULY 28: Seunghwan Oh #18 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after pitching against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of interleague play at Coors Field on July 28, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
TAICHUNG, TAIWAN - FEBRUARY 27: Seunghwan Oh #21 of Team Korea poses for a headshot for the 2013 World Baseball Classic at Douliou Stadium on February 27, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan. (Photo by Kaz Numata/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 04: South Korean Pitcher Oh Seung-Hwan (L) shakes hands with Hanshin Tigers general manager Nakamura Katsuhiro (R) during the press conference at Ritz Carlton hotel on December 4, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Oh Seung-hwan, previously a closer for Samsung Lions signed a two-year deal of 900-million yen with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan's professional baseball league on November 29, 2013. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 10: Hanshin Tigers Pitcher, Oh Seung-Hwan is seen on departure at Gimpo International Airport on December 10, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
This picture taken on April 3, 2015 shows South Korean pitcher Oh Seung-Hwan of the Hanshin Tigers in the Nippon Professional Baseball league throwing against the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome. The star South Korean pitcher pursuing a US major league baseball contract was grilled by prosecutors on December 9, 2015 over allegations that he illegally gambled overseas. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS (Photo by JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
17 June 2016: St. Louis Cardinals' relief pitcher SeungHwan Oh (26) pitches in the eighth inning during a Major League Baseball interleague game between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Rangers won, 1-0. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 20: SeungHwan Oh #26 poses for a portrait during St Louis Cardinals Photo Day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 20, 2017 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 9: Reliever Seung-Hwan Oh #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium on April 9, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 11: Seung-Hwan Oh #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Nationals won 8-3. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 23: Seung-Hwan Oh #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 23, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - JUNE 11: Seung-Hwan Oh #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium on June 11, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Phillies 6-5. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 29: Seunghwan Oh #22 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the eighth inning on Opening Day during MLB game action against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre on March 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Seunghwan Oh
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 28: (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) Seunghwan Oh #22 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre on April 28, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Seunghwan Oh
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 17: Seunghwan Oh #22 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Washington Nationals at Rogers Centre on June 17, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 28: Seunghwan Oh #18 of the Colorado Rockies is congratulated by Tony Wolters #14 after pitching against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of interleague play at Coors Field on July 28, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 28: Seunghwan Oh #18 of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning of interleague play at Coors Field on July 28, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Seunghwan Oh’s new number choice may not be intentionally profane

It’s unclear whether Oh deliberately chose the number for that reason or if it’s just a coincidence. In his previous stops, Oh wore No. 26 and No. 22. Those numbers are currently taken by outfielder David Dahl and catcher Chris Iannetta, so Oh had to choose a different number. He went with 18.

If it was intentional, the back of his jersey comes close to reading, “Oh, [expletive],” which makes for a pretty clever inside joke.

Seunghwan Oh could be a big pickup for the Rockies down the stretch

Oh has put up strong numbers in 2018. He has a 2.63 ERA over 48 innings between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Rockies. In his first and only appearance with Colorado thus far, he threw a scoreless inning.

Given Oh’s performance, maybe he picked his number after hearing opposing batters use that phrase every time he’s on the mound.

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