The Ten Days of DramaFever: Strike Love
The first drama adaptation of wildly popular comic book series Alien Baseball Team, Strike Love (also known as Alien Baseball Team) is an upbeat, well-acted story of two men who collide over sports and love. One is the new star pitcher of a ragtag team of baseball underdogs, and the other is the lead pitcher of a major team. When their teams go head to head, they collide over the affections of a childhood friend. Yoon Tae-young, popularized through his role in 2007's The Legend, heads this enjoyable comedy.
Hye-sung, abandoned by an alcoholic father, has a hard childhood. The one bright spot in his life is Eon-Ji, a new girl at school who befriends him, convinces him to abandon his delinquent ways, and introduces him to baseball. Ma Dong-tak, Hye-sung's friend and already spoken of as a genius pitcher, also falls for Eon-ji. When her family unexpectedly moves, Hye-sung loses touch with her, and the only thing she leaves behind is a glove, a baseball, and a note for Hye-sung, telling him to become a great baseball player. Years later, Hye-sung arrives in Seoul for major-league tryouts, planning to search for Eon-ji in the process. Dong-tak, meanwhile, who has just been signed to a major team, has been dating Eon-ji and plans to marry her.
Keeping a good balance between its romantic and sports aspects, Strike Love is propelled by solid story-telling and excellent chemistry between leads Yoon Tae Young and Kim Min Jung (see her also in New Heart on DramaFever!).