PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Hak-Ju Lee got his welcome-to-big-league-camp moment Monday morning.
James Shields told the quiet 21-year-old shortstop, a non-roster invitee in his first Major League camp, to dance in the clubhouse in front of the whole team. Shields said he'd heard that Lee was a great teammate and "kind of a character" with his pregame ritual, and he called him out.
So with his teammates chanting his name, Lee performed his routine to rave reviews.
"I think he's pretty good. He pulled some Michael Jackson moves on us, man," Shields said. "I've never seen anybody do the moonwalk in spikes.
"I don't even know if Michael Jackson could do that. I'm sure he could, but he's about the only one. I was pretty impressed for him getting put on the spot right there."
Lee said he enjoyed the experience. He didn't know if his teammates did as well, but "they were laughing, so I got my job done."
When informed by a reporter that Lee can also sing, Shields smiled.
"Thank you," Shields said. "Tomorrow, he's singing."