[엑스포츠뉴스 김희웅 인턴기자] Choi Ji-man is the first Korean beast to go on stage in the World Series.
The Tampa Bay Race won the Houston Astros 4-2 in the 7th round of the 2020 Major League American League Championship Series (ALCS) held at Petco Park, San Diego, California, USA on the 18th (Korean time), advancing to the World Series in 12 years. Achieved.
Only Choi helped Tampa Bay to advance to the World Series. Post-season performance was great. He was active as the team’s fourth batter and first baseman, showing off an all-out hit and a good pitch. Choi Ji-man played in 12 games in the postseason, recording 9 hits in 31 at-bats, 2 homers and 4 RBIs.
In particular, in the first leg of the division series against the New York Yankees, he was strong by hitting opponent pitcher Gerrit Cole with a two-run home run. The momentum continued to the ALCS.
Choi Ji-man missed Houston in the 1st and 3rd games, but continued to play an active part in the rest of the game. In particular, in the 7th game at the edge of the cliff, he became a 5th batter and first baseman, contributing to the team’s 4-2 victory by scoring 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 point in 3 at-bats.
With this, Choi Ji-man became the fourth Korean player to step on the World Series stage. This is the first Korean hitter. Earlier, Kim Byeong-hyun (Arizona Diamondbacks) in 2001, Park Chan-ho (Philadelphia Phillies) in 2009, and Hyun-jin Ryu (LA Dodgers) in 2018 were active in the World Series, but they were all pitchers. Among them, only Kim Byeong-hyun has the winning ring. That is a record that is meaningful to only Choi.
Now, Choi Ji-man challenges the feat of’the first Korean batter to win the World Series.
Only Choi’s Tampa Bay fights in the World Series with the winning team in the 7th match between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship series held on the 19th.
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