Shin-Soo Choo drew quite a crowd on the first day of camp.

Twenty-five members of the South Korean media, representing 12 organizations, were at the Reds' spring training complex to cover him.

They followed his every move -- from the batting cages for early work to outfield practice to batting practice on the field. Most of the contingent will spend five days in Goodyear. During the season, however, only one reporter follows Choo.

Choo is from Pusan, South Korea. He is the best major league hitter his country has ever produced. He has 83 career home runs. All other Koreans have combined for a total of 41.

"He's the biggest star in Korea now," said Al Chun, who works for Scott Boras, Choo's agent. "The MLB Network broadcasts in Korea now, so all his games are on. People follow him daily."