Best Asian American Athletes Ever … Where Are They Now? (first 3 of 26)
- Agbayani, Benny, baseball
“Now that he’s retired from baseball and enjoying life in his native Hawaii, Benny Agbayani sometimes gets “heat,” as he put it, from folks on Oahu. They kid him about forgetting how many outs there were in an inning in the 2000 game when he famously gave a kid a souvenir ball and had to quickly take it back as Giants raced around the bases because there were only two outs.
When Bobby Valentine, perhaps Agbayani’s biggest supporter in the game who managed him with the Mets and with Japan’s Chiba Lotte Marines, appears on ESPN, friends say to Agbayani, “Hey, it’s your dad on TV.” Giants’ fans – Agbayani says there are plenty in Hawaii – get on him about his clutch home run against San Francisco in the 2000 playoffs.
Through all the good-natured teasing, Agbayani laughs. And why not? He had, he says, “a great life” in baseball. He doesn’t even have any regrets about retiring after last season, the last of his six seasons in Japan. “I did enough in the game to be satisfied,” he says.” [Daily News Sports]
- Chang, Michael, tennis
Michael Chang was an inspiration as the scrappy underdog who could overcome larger and stronger opponents, but it seems that his ability to inspire has turned spiritual.
Chang currently lives in Orange County, California. He is an avid fisherman, who often takes fishing trips while traveling. He also has a passion for breeding African cichlids in several large freshwater aquariums at his home. On October 18, 2008, Chang married Amber Liu, another professional tennis player who is 12 years younger than Chang.]They have one daughter, Lani, born December 9, 2010.”[Wikipedia]
- Chow, Amy, gymnastics
Is she not the epitome of the perfect Asian child? Scholar, Olympic Medal Athlete, and Stanford Doctor? She is the dream come true for all Asian parents. She seems really nice too!
A retired American gymnast and a member of the famous Magnificent 7, the first American team to win Olympic gymnastics gold, Chow was coached by Mark Young and was the first Asian American woman to take an Olympic medal in her sport. As of August 2008, she was a pediatrics resident at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford after attending Stanford Medical School. She is licensed as a physician and surgeon.She married Jason Ho, an orthopedic surgeon, on July 10, 2010 in Saratoga, California. Upon completion of her residency at Lucile Packard in June 2010, she set up private practice as a general pediatrician in northern California, where she lives with her husband. [Wikipedia]