Texans aren't taking coronavirus seriously enough, Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo warns

Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Shin-Soo Choo left his house Tuesday night, only the second time he has ventured out since returning from Texas Rangers spring training more than two weeks ago.

He is taking the CDC guidelines on the coronavirus pandemic seriously, as well as recommendations from President Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the stay at home order issued by Tarrant County.

But he and the family needed some things from the grocery store, so out he went.

Choo couldn't believe what he was seeing.

People were out and about. Social distancing wasn't being observed, which likely meant hands weren't being washed and the risk that coronavirus was being passed from friend to friend and neighbor to neighbor was heightened.

He needed to say something.


This isn't another celebrity's rehearsed spiel on social media. Choo doesn't even have Twitter or Instagram accounts.

However, he has an appeal to make based on what he has learned about what is happening in his native South Korea and heard from his mother, father and brother who live there.

If life is going to return to normal, people need to be all-in on staying in.

"Everybody has a different job, and everybody wants to be there," Choo said. "Even my kids, before they didn't want to go to school and now they want to go. Everybody was complaining about their jobs, but now they are missing their jobs."


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