CLEVELAND — Maybe the first song heard by Shin-Soo Choo’s newborn son will be “Nobody” by the Wonder Girls.

That’s the song Tribe fans on Gateway Plaza will hear on Sunday afternoon, as the South Korean girl group will be on-hand to perform their hit single in advance of the Indians’ series finale against the Twins.

It’s a song that’s become a staple of the Progressive Field musical selection, because the lyrics (“I want nobody, nobody but you!”) sound suspiciously like an homage to another South Korean talent (“I want nobody, nobody but Choo!”).

“I like it,” Choo said of the song earlier this year. “It gives me an energy boost.”

Choo should be back in Cleveland just in time to hear it Sunday. He was at his home near Phoenix on Friday and Saturday to be with his wife, Woon Mi, for the birth of the couple’s second son. The baby did not yet have a name, but he weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and mom and son are said to be doing well.

So with a new child in his life and his favorite tune being belted out by Korea’s answer to the Spice Girls, Choo should be ready to return to the Tribe lineup. And he’s in one of his strongest stretches of the season, having hit safely in 15 of his past 18 games, batting .364 (28-for-77) with a homer and 11 RBIs. He’s batting .390 (16-for-41) with two doubles, a triple and six RBIs over his last 10 games.

On the whole, it’s been a strong first full season in the big leagues for Choo, who leads the team with 74 RBIs, ranks eighth in the American League in on-base percentage (.396) and is 15th in the league in walks (66). He’s been an asset in the outfield with 11 assists, and on the basepaths, where he’s swiped 18 bags in 20 tries.

All in all, it’s a season worth singing about. And the Wonder Girls, who will also throw out a ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs for the fans, will be here to do so.

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{source: mlb.com}

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