SSG Landers Choo Shin-soo (39) cheered for the new start of Kim Tae-gyun (39, Hanwha Eagles) of the same age.
Tae-gyun Kim played a retirement match at the 2021 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO League SSG game held at Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 29th.
He already declared his retirement in October last year, and before this day, he registered in the first team as a special entry and started as the fourth batter first baseman. He finished the game by being replaced with Noh Si-hwan right after the declaration of playball.
At the retirement event that took place ahead of the match, Choo Shin-soo, who is the’opposite team’, delivered a bouquet to Kim Tae-gyun with Lee Tae-gyun (SSG). Kim Tae-gyun and Choo Shin-soo were the same age born in 1982.
Shin-soo Choo has never played in the same league as he challenged the American Major League immediately after graduating from high school. Kim Tae-gyun only played an active part in Hanwha except for the two seasons (2010-2011) that he played in Japan from 2001 to last year.
However, I have memories of having together at the 2009 World Baseball Classic (WBC) and the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.
Most of all, a friend can best understand the time to enter the twilight as a player and the decision to retire.
Shin-soo Choo said through the club, “When I wear a uniform, I forget my age and play. But when my friend who played baseball with me retires, I think I am this old. And, like Kim Tae-gyun, it is not easy to play for a long time in one team, and to see such a retirement ceremony with such a great performance, I am envious and I think it is great.”
He added, “Because I’m not the national representative, I thought I would like to give a bouquet myself today, and an offer came as a good opportunity, so I happily delivered it.”
He also conveyed support for his friend who stood at the new starting line.
Choo Shin-soo said, “I know I’m doing a broadcast commentary right now, but since I have a very good personality, I think that I will be able to do a good job in my second life and another new chapter in the future.”
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