On the 17th, the Korea Series of NC and Doosan was held in Gocheok Sky Dome. Ahead of the game, broadcast cameras as well as reporters’ smartphone cameras all turned to one place.
And there was NC owner Kim Taek-jin, who is called’Taek-Jin-i’. Owner Kim Taek-jin was’intuitive’ at Gocheok Dome from the first game on this day to the 4th game (21st).
What was surprising was the appearance of owner Kim Taek-jin.
Wearing a club hat and a cheering T-shirt, Manager Kim enthusiastically cheered for NC by waving clippers and cheering towels. When his attention was focused on him, he took refuge in the skybox during the game (?), but he appeared again after the game and did not spare the applause of encouragement to the team. After the victory of the first game, we also introduced a’exclusive fan service’, where fans willingly take pictures with their requests for selfies. An NC official said, “I know that the owner is coming to all the games of the Korean Series. He feels burdened to focus his attention on him, but he seems to enjoy it as it is a festival.”
Owner Kim Taek-jin’s visit to each game was a great help to the NC players as well. Signboard star Na Seong-beom said, “It’s really nice. I can’t come here because I’m busy during the season. I’m really grateful for your support, even from a distance.” Park Min-woo said, “I know that the owner is very interested in the baseball team,” he said. “He supports the team in both ways as well as for the new baseball field and for the Korean series.”
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The owner is literally the owner of the club, and there are 10 clubs and 10 owners in Korean professional baseball. As professional baseball was born based on a conglomerate related to the region, there is a strong recognition that the owner of the KBO League is’Chairman’. Due to the busy time spent in managing large corporate groups, the owners often appoint a senior executive of the group as the club’s representative director, rather than being directly involved in the operation of the club, and entrust the’executive’.
It was hard to see the face of’Chairman’s Owner’ who visited the baseball field for one season.
The perception of such owners began to change from the appearance of Heroes in 2008. At the time, owner Jang-seok Lee was also deeply involved in the management of the team while serving as the CEO, and the role of the owner began to emerge. Next, with the founding of NC Dinos, the 9th professional baseball team in 2012, President Taek-jin Kim stood at the center of the issue.
A successful IT entrepreneur and a passionate fan of late Dong-won Choi, who started to establish a professional baseball team, maybe a cartoon-like storyBecause it was. At the time, the voice of Lotte from Busan, who opposes the birth of NC from Changwon at the time,
“I can run a professional baseball team for 100 years with only the assets I have.”The anecdote that he said is still being talked about (Forbes’ property of the owner Kim Taek-jin this year is over 3 trillion won).
After the founding of NC, owner Taek-jin Kim made a stride of’Jungjung-dong’. Twice a year, I always visited the Changwon Stadium and quietly encouraged the athletes, and afterwards I applied both sides of the water. NC realized data-based baseball like an IT company, but immediately recruited a large free agent when it was determined that power reinforcement was necessary. This was possible because of the hot support from the owner of the owner Taekjin Kim.
After falling to the bottom of the 2018 season, at the squad dinner, a player suggested the signing of free agent catcher Yang Eui-ji.
Owner Kim Taek-jin, who has been showing’Jeongjung-dong’, has changed since the end of October. After the club was founded, I followed the team across the country to intuition to win the first regular season. However, on October 20th, Gwangju KIA battle was canceled, and Daejeon Hanwhajeon was defeated on October 23rd. His wish came true on the 24th at the home stadium Changwon NC Park. NC secured their first regular season championship with LG and 12 extra draws.
Owner Kim Taek-jin, who wandered across the country to share the winning moment, was delighted as a child as he received the rinsing from the team. It was a feat 10 years after the club was founded.
His gaze turned to the Korean series. NC confronted Doosan with 2 wins and 2 losses until Game 4 of the Korean Series. If they win 2 wins in the remaining 3 matches, NC will win the first Korean Series to win the combined win. Can owner Kim Taek-jin, who became a model of the owner’s owner, laugh again?
‘Taekjini hyung’ waiting for the fruit of the 10-year investment and owner Kim Taekjin will also visit Gocheok Dome today (23rd), when the 5th game is held.
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