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How Tampa’s Preston Tucker ended up on Saturday Night Live

The former Plant High and Florida Gator baseball standout has been getting some attention playing in Korea, and now this ...

With all levels of pro baseball in the United States still shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, former big-leaguers who are playing in Korea, such as Tampa’s Preston Tucker, are getting more attention.

Stories about familiar players getting to compete elsewhere are popular reads, and ESPN has increased the level of visibility by showing Korea Baseball Organization games just about every day.

All of which caught the eye of NBC’s Saturday Night Live crew, and led to Tucker — a Plant High product and former Florida Gator as well — making it onto Saturday’s episode of the weekly now-home-produced comedy show. Tucker was mentioned during Michael Che’s bit in Weekend Update (about 20 seconds in), which poked a little fun at pronunciations for player names:

Tucker, texting from Korea, took the newfound notoriety in stride:

“Haha it’s nice to see the league gaining some attention in the US. The games are always entertaining and it gives fans a chance to experience a different style of baseball.”

Tucker made it quite a memorable day overall. Playing in a game for Kia shortly after the segment aired (Sunday afternoon in Korea), he hit two homers and went 5-for-5 overall with six RBIs in a 12-3 win over Samsung.