MLB.com uncovers the close friendship between Hyun-Jin Ryu and Juan Uribe.

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis doesn’t understand it.

Manager Don Mattingly is puzzled, too.

Members of Korean media who have followed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu since he was a teenager are tickled, but they are not completely surprised the rookie’s best friend on the team is Juan Uribe, a player many think he wouldn’t have much in common with.

“It’s like the Odd Couple, him and Uribe get along so well,” Mattingly said. “It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Like here, where Ryu slaps Uribe.

Or here, where they smack each other.

Or here, where they dance.

Isn’t it crazy that people of two different ethnicities can be friends?! It’s almost like we live in a multicultural world! Next thing you know, men and women will be allowed to shake each other’s hands.

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  1. Sullen says:

    Men and women can already touch the same objects if not at the same time, so shaking hands appears to be the next logical step.

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  2. Glorpo says:

    The last video with Uribe & the female photographer is a little jarring. Generally speaking, in Korea it is bad manners to place an open hand on a woman you’re not married to. Photographic evidence.

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