“It’s definitely slippery. If you throw it, you’ll get used to it…”
From a promising starting pitcher, he has transformed into a guardian with one of the best pitches in the KBO League. Now, I dream of finishing the national team and winning the new Lotte.
On the 11th at Lotte’s Guam spring camp, Kim Won-joong’s expression did not change even during the intense training. For the first time in his life, the responsibility of the Taegeuk mark and the veteran’s intention to win his team were revealed.
The World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March, is the first Taegeuk mark in Kim Won-joong’s life. He suffered an unexpected injury in high school, and after he joined the pros, he seldom proved himself worthy enough to be selected for the national team. However, before he knew it, he stood tall as a man who guarded the back gate of Lotte like a fortress. As for his pitch, he is one of the best finishers in the 10 clubs.
The KBO provided the WBC official ball (major league official ball, manufactured by Rawlings, USA) in advance to the players who were mentioned in the preliminary list of 35 players for the WBC national team. Kim Won-jung is busy fidgeting with the ball and trying to get used to it.
“It’s completely different from our official ball. I wonder if you’ll get used to it if you throw it (when you say that it’s not easy to throw a forkball). That’s my style.”
There was no special relationship with director Lee Kang-cheol. He was recognized through his performance, and when he was called up, ‘Let’s do well. We just said, ‘Let’s go to the US and talk about the details’.
The Lotte team is undergoing an unprecedentedly intense camp. Kim Won-joong laughed, saying, “You may have seen it, but the atmosphere is completely different from before. I am also having a hard time.” 온라인바카라
Last winter, many veteran pitchers such as Cha Woo-chan, Shin Jeong-rak, and Kim Sang-soo were transfused. It may be an unfamiliar atmosphere for Kim Won-joong, who has already established himself as the leader of the Lotte pitching staff along with Park Se-woong. Kim Won-joo explained, “As a mid-level player, I have a sense of responsibility, but rather than feeling the pressure, I felt that there was a time when I needed to lead the team.
” “You have to be number one. Of course, it is correct for the players to prepare for the season with the goal of winning. My thoughts on the field have always been that way. However, I have never talked about it comfortably. The same goes for the national team. I have a sense of responsibility as a national team member. Good I’ll get my grades and come back.”
Pitching coach Bae Young-soo, whom I met on the field that day, said, “Veterans who earn a lot of money have a different mindset or attitude in preparing for spring camp. Strayley, Barnes, and Kim Won-joong are the same. After doing everything they have prepared, if there is something they are not satisfied with, they ask.” praise was not spared.
On the 12th, Kim Won-joong will head to the United States with Coach Bae. He joins WBC representative Tam and prepares for the tournament in earnest.