I wanted to hit one… but I’m happy to be your older brother.” ‘13 → 9 → 3 → 0’ The day a 39-year-old save second baseman became the hero for the first time in 376 days

 KT Wiz-KIA Tigers match held at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 24th. In the bottom of the 8th inning, ahead 1-0, with one out and runners on third base, he used extreme infield forward defense to catch No. 1 Lee Chang-jin with a ground ball in front of the second baseman, creating two outs. And in the game against No. 2 Kim Do-young, the ball slipped from the pitcher’s hand on the first pitch and flew into the back net. Due to a ridiculous wild pitch, the runner on third base hits home, making it 1-1.메이저사이트

KT, who gave up a tie in vain, suffered 2 outs from KIA pitcher Im Ki-young in the top of the 9th inning. Pinch hitter No. 8 Ho-yeon Lee chose to walk after a full count. Number 9 Park Kyung-soo is at bat with 2 outs and 1st base. Park Kyung-soo’s batting average as of the previous day was .204 (34 hits in 167 at-bats), he had only 10 RBIs this year without a home run, and he had already hit one hit in the top of the third inning, so expectations were low. However, the 3rd ball I hit in 1B1S was correct. Center fielder Socrates followed the ball to the center but gave up. It was a two-run gun that went well over the fence. KT, who absurdly allowed a tie, returned to a festive mood with an unexpected two-run gun.

And in the bottom of the 9th inning, Kim Jae-yoon hit 3 consecutive hits, allowing 1 run, and was in danger with runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out, but he blocked the subsequent batters with a hit and won 3-2, making Park Kyung-soo’s home run a memorable final home run. made with It was a game that once again reminded us of the saying, ‘Age is just a number.’

Recently, Park Kyung-soo often plays with his defense rather than his batting skills. Although he is 39 years old, KT coach Lee Kang-cheol still considers Park Kyung-soo as the best second baseman in the team. When William Cuevas or Ko Young-pyo, who induce a lot of ground balls, take the mound as a starter and there are many left-handed hitters in the opposing batting lineup, Park Kyung-soo often plays second base. When not playing as a starter, when leading, he goes to the defensive line in the second half of the game to strengthen the defense. On the 23rd, Park Kyung-soo came out as a substitute in the 7th inning, and on this day, he came out as a starter and played full time until the 9th inning.

Park Kyung-soo was a slugger who hit 25 home runs in 2018, but age can no longer be deceived. His batting average also dropped, and his extra-base hits decreased. He went from 9 home runs in 2021 to 3 last year, and 0 this year. It was his first home run of the season and his first home run in 376 days, becoming the final four. After the game, Park Kyung-soo entered the interview with a bright expression, saying, “I wanted to hit at least one (home run). This year, I changed the score from 0 to 1, and I’m really happy that I came out when it was important.”

Unfortunately, the tie was allowed in the bottom of the 8th inning, so it was a home run that came in a situation where the atmosphere could have been lost to the opponent, so it definitely had a big impact. Park Kyung-soo said, “Right now, our team is in a situation where we have to win every game we can win. If we lose a game like this from behind, the damage will be great. I think it’s really good that we hit a home run when it was the most important. I think it’s meaningful because it’s the final home run.” “I felt sorry that my juniors were doing so well, but my older brother was not doing so well. Today, I feel very good because I was able to act as an older brother at an important time.”

He said he aimed for a fastball. Park Kyung-soo said, “These days, if you try to injure yourself, the success rate is low. So I tried to go in with a target and thought I might throw a fastball toward my body,” and added, “I think the ball came on the third pitch.” When I told him that it came out as a slider in the analysis data, he laughed and said, “I came in a little pushed back. I think it was a poor throw.”

Park Kyung-soo expressed his determination, saying, “Because my juniors are doing so well, I want to create an atmosphere where our seniors can also work hard and work together to achieve good results.”

Before the reporters asked questions, he first brought up Choi Hyeong-woo’s story. On this day, while fielding in the bottom of the 7th inning, Park Kyung-soo jumped to catch Choi Hyung-woo’s line drive hit, but it fell off his glove, and Park Kyung-soo caught it again and threw it to first base. Choi Hyung-woo and first baseman Park Byeong-ho’s feet caught each other, and Choi Hyung-woo fell, seriously injuring his left shoulder. He was immediately taken to the hospital by ambulance, and the first known X-ray result after the game was a fractured left clavicle. Choi Hyung-woo will undergo a detailed examination on the 25th.

At the time of the interview, it was right after the game, so Park Kyung-soo did not know about Choi Hyeong-woo’s condition. Park Kyung-soo said, “I’m worried about (Choi) Hyung-woo. I should have just caught it right away, but the batted ball was driven, so it wasn’t easy to catch.” Park Kyung-soo said, “I’m even more worried because we’re similar in age. It hurts so much because he feels like he got hurt because of me. Really. “I hope it’s not a major injury,” he said.

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