“Busan is a city that really likes baseball… I felt it again.”
8 consecutive wins in 4705 days, 1st place in 3949 days. It is a feast of numbers like lies.
The Lotte Giants are a first-year professional team. Along with the Samsung Lions, it is the only team that has not changed its parent company or team name.
But there is never a regular season 1st place. It has been 31 years since they tasted the last championship, with Choi Dong-won and Yeom Jong-seok appearing only twice to win the Korean Series. In the past 10 years, I have only been to fall baseball once.
Busan, which was thirsty for good results, is boiling. Starting with the KIA Tigers match on the 20th of last month, Lotte is running an undefeated march against NC Dinos, Hanwha Eagles, and Kiwoom Heroes, and is running on an eight-game winning streak.
At the center is veteran bullpen Kim Sang-soo (36). Kim Sang-soo pitched in as many as 6 games during the 8-game winning streak, and was responsible for 4⅔ innings each time he struggled, putting an iron wall with an ERA of 0. Excluding the opening game against the Doosan Bears, which was the first game of this season, the team has been scoreless in 13 consecutive games. Even while the starting lineup excluding Na Kyun-an (25) was faltering, the secret to the streak was the presence of Kim Sang-soo, who reliably supported him along with ‘Mr.
Even in the offseason, Kim Sang-soo’s situation was completely different from now. He played in just eight games last year and was eventually released from the SSG Landers. Lotte was the first team to reach out to him. During the month of April, he did a great job of repaying the team for believing in him. Kim Sang-soo laughed, saying, “I think of many people I am grateful for. I would like to say thank you to coach Bae Young-soo, Kang Young-sik, and Kim Hyun-wook in particular.”
From 2016 to 2018, during the Heroes days, he played an active role as a finisher, and in 2019, he won the hold king with 3 wins, 5 losses, 40 holds, and an average ERA of 2.86. It was a time when he was in his prime as a baseball player around the age of 30. His momentum at the beginning of this season is not as good as it was then.
“Shouldn’t it be said that there was a good synergy effect between the team and me? Other pitchers were a bit bad at the beginning, but they all improved together in the process of winning streak. The captain (Ahn Chi-hong) and Jeon Jun-woo hyung helped me adapt smoothly to Lotte , Jung Hoon, and other juniors, thank you.”
After playing for 4 years at Samsung Lions in the early days, he went through Heroes (11 years) and SSG Landers (2 years) before joining Lotte. He emphasized the specialness of this year, saying, “I’ve reached an age where I don’t feel burdened. When I’m not good enough, I’m upset and having a hard time before I’m scared or afraid of criticism from fans.”
He continued, “In fact, nothing has changed much this year in terms of body or mindset. There are good times and there are bad times.”
온라인카지노 When asked how he felt wearing the Lotte uniform, he said, “I want to play in many games this year.” “I wanted to play in Sajik once. Just in time, after the Lotte team’s constant efforts this year, the ‘Busan Seagull’ cheering was also revived.
“There is definitely something special about Busan. I feel that Busan fans really like baseball and that fans really love Lotte. I’m worried about the number of injured people coming out little by little, but I want to continue a good atmosphere in May with the love of the fans.”