Perhaps the biggest television hit in the early going of 2019 is Fox reality show “The Masked Singer,” which features a number of “celebrities” in elaborate masks and costumes singing songs in a loose competition format.
Each week, one celebrity’s identity is revealed, with Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Tommy Chong and Terry Bradshaw each exiting the show in the first three weeks.
It turns out a local celebrity was among those unveiled during Sunday’s episode of the show’s original version, a South Korean sensation called “King of Mask Singer,” which has been on the air since 2015. It was none other than Brewers slugger Eric Thames — who’s almost certainly a bigger celebrity in Korea than he is in the United States.
Thames was dressed as “Hip Hop Boy” and lost his battle with “Metal Boy.”
Also, the dude can SING, as he showed when he belted out some lines in a duet of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” before he removed the mask.
This is all incredible, folks.
Thames, about to enter his third year with the Brewers, became a star with the Korean Baseball Organization, where he played for the NC Dinos from 2014 to 2016 before the Brewers made him an intriguing free-agent signing before the 2017 season.
Thames enjoyed a 40-40 season during his stint there and was named the league’s most valuable player in 2015. The first baseman has added 47 homers in two years with the Brewers.
If you needed proof of Korea’s love for Thames, look no further than his crazy home-run song that has become a bit of a hit locally, as well.