One of the scenes that impressed Kim Seong-geun (pictured) of the reality baseball entertainment show <Best Baseball> Monsters while watching the journey of the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team was the 9th inning of the final match against Chinese Taipei on the 7th, when the gold medal was decided. Coach Kim paid attention to how the national team’s closer, Go Woo-seok, threw three breaking balls in a row with one out and runners on first and second base in the 9th inning, ending the game with a double play with a grounder to second base.
It was the bottom of the 9th inning, 2-0. Balls that seemed to have passed through the strike zone were ruled balls in succession, and after a difficult fight, two runners were sent out with one out. This is a situation in which a come-from-behind defeat is possible with just one hit. Go Woo-seok threw three breaking balls in a row against the follow-up batter, Woo Nenting, and induced an infield ground ball.
Coach Kim Seong-geun said, “The tempo of exchanging signs was very fast. Go Woo-seok threw according to the catcher’s signature. “It was an incredibly big game, and young catcher Kim Hyeong-jun, who signed like that (with three consecutive breaking balls), and pitcher Ko Woo-seok, who believed in that and followed through, were amazing,” he said.
Coach Kim pointed out each scene of the team’s players, who were mostly young players under the age of 25, blaming themselves after failing to play against Taiwan in the group stage and becoming a complete ‘one team.’ Even about the save scene in the finals, “Goh Woo-seok cried. The moment I reached first and second base, I wondered how much I blamed myself while thinking of my teammates. He expressed his gratitude by saying, ‘The catcher saved my life.’ “I conveyed that feeling to my juniors, and Korean baseball gained something more valuable than winning this tournament,” he said.
Coach Kim said, “The ‘sense of community’ was clearly visible in this competition. I saw young players acting with the awareness that if they make a mistake, it will cause harm to others. “I think this is a message that is needed not only for Korean baseball, but also for Korean society today,” he said.
‘Clever change’ pitcher Moon Dong-ju lights up, focuses on ‘quick motion’ in the final
after conceding a wild pitch against Taiwan in the group stage
Coach Kim restored Asian Games baseball in a hopefu메이저놀이터l voice during a phone call on the 11th. After Go Woo-seok, the player highlighted was Moon Dong-ju, who started the finals. Coach Kim looked into the changes that occurred in Moon Dong-ju in the group match against Taiwan and in the final against Taiwan.
Moon Dong-ju allowed 2 runs in 4 innings in the first match against Taiwan, and gave up 6 innings without allowing a run in the final match against Taiwan. Coach Kim said, “Moon Dong-joo gave up a run on a one-bound ball (wild pitch) in his first appearance on the mound. “Afterwards, he felt a great sense of self-reproach and seemed to be trying to throw every ball more carefully,” he said, highlighting the change in slide step (quick motion) between his two appearances against Taiwan.
Coach Kim said, “In the first game, I saw him shaking after the runner got on base. Looking closely, I noticed that when he was making a quick motion, he lifted his foot briefly and tried to throw it in a hurry, but the ball kept coming out as a one-bounded ball. But it was different in the final. Even though he made a quick motion, he kept his balance and threw the ball himself. “I have more time,” he said.
Coach Kim brought up the scene where Kim Hyeong-jun, who was born in 1999 and wore the starting mask for this tournament, gradually evolved during the tournament and said, “We even found a young catcher. There is an old saying, ‘Out of a poor family comes a good son,’ and in Korean baseball, a catcher emerged from a poor family,” he added.
Director Kim gave a general review of this competition and said, “For example, on the battlefield, we must live together. If someone falls down next to you, you should at least hug them. That was the appearance of the baseball team at this Asian Games. I saw something in this national team that I haven’t seen in a while. “I think it was a competition where the spirit and consciousness of young players came to life,” he said. Coach Kim also said, “The final was 2-0, but it was more valuable than a 10-0 or 20-0 win. “I hope that our leaders and educators will continue this in the future,” he said.