“If the Korean baseball field environment gets better… I hope that more players leave with a smile.
(Incheon = Yonhap News) Reporter Han Nam-jik = “The background is slightly different, but the opponent is Seung-hwan Oh.”
The match between Choo Shin-soo (39, SSG Landers) and Oh Seung-hwan (39, Samsung Lions) is a hit card that attracts the attention of fans, whether in the major leagues of American professional baseball or the Korean KBO league.
Shin-su Choo, who entered the plate, said, “I faced Seung-hwan Oh with the same feeling as in the major leagues.”
Choo Shin-soo appeared as the lead hitter in the final attack in the ninth inning after falling 7-8 in a home game against Samsung at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 2nd and faced Seung-hwan Oh.
In the ball count 2-ball-2 strike, Shin-soo Choo lightly pulled Oh Seung-hwan’s 5th pitch 136km/h slider and hit a double that flew toward right fielder.
Oh Seung-hwan kept the team victory without conceding even in the crisis of second base.
However, the result of a two-to-two match between two people of the same age was three hits in three at-bats.
Shin-soo Choo, whom I met at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 3rd, recalled his memories a day ago and said, “In the ninth inning, I started attacking as a lead hitter. I desperately needed to get on base.” There is. I feel sorry for Seunghwan,” he laughed.
On June 19, 2016, while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals in the American Major League Baseball, Oh Seung-hwan first faced Shin-soo Choo, who was playing for the Texas Rangers at the time, and allowed a heavy hit.
On April 9, 2018, wearing a Toronto Blue Jays uniform, he met Shin-Soo Choo and got a heavy hit.
In the major leagues, Shin-Soo Choo recorded two hits and one RBI in two at-bats, overtaking Oh Seung-Hwan.
In the first match on the Korean stage, the winner was Shin-Soo Choo.
Shin-soo Choo said, “When I played in the American major leagues, my concentration increased when I faced Asian pitchers such as Korean players, Taiwanese and Japanese players. He had great charisma, so I focused. It really felt like when I was dealing with Seunghwan in the major leagues.”
He added, “I really feel like I’m constantly meeting Seunghwan on a single wooden bridge.”
First of all, Choo Shin-soo won all three of the single wooden bridge fights.
Shin-Soo Choo hit a double to Seung-Hwan Oh and succeeded in getting on base three times in the game on the 2nd. Shin-soo Choo’s record that day was 2 hits, 1 walk, and 2 RBIs in 4 at-bats.
Choo Shin-soo’s batting average of 0.248 this season is not very high, but his on-base percentage is 0.415, ranking 11th as of the 2nd.
He said, “In America and in Korea, my goal is to get on base. I played every game with the goal of ‘getting on base three times a day.’ I learned that it’s important to set up your own strike zone and develop a pioneering eye.” He recalled ‘the source of the on-base rate’.
The KBO league strike zone is unfamiliar to Choo Shin-soo, who left for the US stage after graduating from high school and returned to the KBO league uncontrollably. It is also the reason why I often strike out (42).
However, Choo Shin-soo insisted on himself, “I don’t want to hide behind the word adaptation. It’s something I have to do.”
Although he stands on the ground with the feeling of fighting a war, every day he spends on the Korean stage is very precious to Choo.
Special memories are also accumulated.
Choo Shin-soo delivered a bouquet of flowers at the retirement ceremony of his friend Kim Tae-gyun (39, former Hanwha Eagles) held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Eagles Park on May 29th.
Choo Shin-soo said, “I was really happy when Hanwha offered to deliver a bouquet of flowers. (SSG captain) Jae-won Lee willingly conceded, so I got an honorable opportunity,” said Choo. “When I play, I forget my age. But watching my friends retire, I I realize my age. I also had a lot of thoughts about that day.”
He added, “I was really envious of Taegyun, who retired after setting a great cumulative record with one team. It was really cool to see him leave after receiving applause.”
While I was in Korea for about 100 days, I got a lot of advice I wanted to give for Korean baseball.
Shin-soo Choo said, “There is not enough space to put bags in any visiting team’s locker room. Our players are playing in a very poor environment.” He said to the players, ‘It’s really amazing to play baseball in such an environment and get such good results on the international stage.’ He said he hoped for an improved environment for the players.
‘Creating more players who leave after receiving applause’ is also what Shin-Soo Choo hopes for in Korean baseball.
Choo Shin-soo said, “When I was playing in Texas, I saw a retired player I had never heard of before being invited as the first pitcher. The American major league records and remembers players who only played one or two seasons like that.” “There are more players in Korean baseball.” I hope he leaves after receiving applause.”
Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers will present Choo Shin-soo’s bobblehead to the first 7,000 spectators at the Tampa Bay Rays and home game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, USA on the 6th.
Choo Shin-soo is an ‘example of event’ that Korean baseball wants.
Choo Shin-soo said, “I was not satisfied with my personal performance after playing in Texas for 7 years, but I did my best in every game and every at-bat. I think the Texas club recognized that part.” “I was a stranger in Texas. To a stranger who left the team Thank you for arranging such an event. We plan to send a direct message of thanks.”
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