“I don’t have any personal goals. This season is nothing more special.”
The voice of Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes) was firm. As he starts the new season ahead of his major league challenge, his eyes are only focused on winning.
After finishing the 2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO Media Day held at the Grand Hyatt Seoul Grand Ballroom on the 30th, Lee Jung-hoo met with the reporters and expressed his determination for the new season, saying, “I will only look at winning and run hard.”
The 2023 season has an important meaning for Lee Jung-hoo.
As soon as he entered the professional league in 2017, Lee Jung-hoo, who became the league’s representative hitter, plans to challenge the US major league through the posting system after this season.
Ahead of a new challenge, Lee Jung-hoo sweated heavily throughout the winter. Last year, he did not hesitate to make changes for his leap, such as revising his batting form even after winning 5 batting crowns (batting average, hits, RBIs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage).
However, Lee Jung-hoo desperately needs a championship before advancing to the major leagues.
Lee Jung-hoo said, “I don’t have a personal goal. This season is nothing special. I prepared a lot from winter to achieve the championship I couldn’t win last year.”
It’s not just Lee Jung-hoo. My colleagues feel the same way.
Even after finishing the regular season in 3rd place last year, Kiwoom, who advanced to the Korean Series, could not reach the championship due to SSG Landers. The regret left over from the last stage turned into a greater desire. 먹튀검증
Lee Jung-hoo, who emphasized that “the attitude and values of our team players towards baseball are only focused on winning,” and said, “At the same time as the opening on April 1, our players will reach the goal of winning if they work hard and look at one ‘goal’ in 144 games. I think I will be able to do it. I will run hard after seeing the win.”
What I felt through deep regret is great.
Lee Jung-hoo pointed out, “The players experienced a big game last year. Everyone must have felt that you can’t win the championship with just ‘eagerness’. Desperation is important, but more importantly, you must have learned that you have to have skills.”
Kiwoom, who received strong motivation, ran nonstop throughout the winter.
Lee Jung-hoo was also confident, “I think our players have improved a lot through the spring camp from the finishing training. I think we can challenge for the championship because we prepared well.” At the same time, as the key player, pitcher Jang Jae-young, who was dropped as the 5th starter this season, was selected.
If he moves to the United States after the 2023 season, Lee Jung-hoo will not be able to stand on the KBO league stage for a while. Before parting, I want to give a special gift of victory.
“I had good results last year, but as a result, I couldn’t win. In the end, I don’t think it’s meaningless if I don’t win,” he said. I like ‘romantic baseball’, but I want to show my results to the fans. I just want to see the goal of winning and run with my teammates,” he emphasized.
On this day, 410 baseball fans who were invited through a lottery attended and sent hot cheers to the players.
Lee Jeong-hoo, who could not laugh at the sluggishness of the national team even after performing well at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), also revealed his responsibility as a representative player of the KBO League amidst the cheers of fans.
Lee Jung-hoo said, “There were bad incidents (in the league), and even though we had poor results at the WBC, a lot of fans came to Media Day. said.
He continued, “As a professional player, I will try to show good and fun games through this kind of life outside the playground, fan service, and most importantly, play on the playground.”