“I enjoyed watching it.”
The Hangzhou Asian Games (AG) team, led by coach Ryu Joong-il, won the gold medal by winning 2-0 over Chinese Taipei in the gold medal match on the 8th, and won the gold medal at Incheon International Airport on the 9th. It was a ‘golden return’.
On this day, Incheon Airport was crowded with fans. On this day, not only the baseball team, which won the gold medal the day before (the 8th), but also the soccer team and the archery team, which completed its schedule for the Hangzhou Asian Games, all entered the country. Originally, the baseball and soccer teams were scheduled to come out of the same gate, but considering the risk of safety accidents due to the crowd of fans, they had to come out from separate gates.
Korea achieved a very thrilling victory on the 8th. Korea suffered a shocking 0-4 defeat against Chinese Taipei in the Group B stage. However, in the Super Round, they defeated Japan and China one by one to secure a ticket to the gold medal match, and succeeded in avenging their ‘humiliation’ against Taiwan when they met again. In the finals, it was difficult to predict the winner until the end of the game. The reason was because of the referee.스포츠토토
Korea used Go Woo-seok as the closer, but struggled as all the strike balls he threw to Taiwan’s ‘4th hitter’ Lian-ke with one out and runner on first base were ruled balls. In 1B-0S, he couldn’t hide his laughter when the second pitch was called a strike, and when the third pitch was called a ball, he collapsed on the mound and couldn’t hide his disappointment. In the end, Go Woo-seok was hit by Lian Ke and was on first and second base, ending the game in a scene reminiscent of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Go Woo-seok said that a batted ball hit by Woo Nian-ting of the Seibu Lions of the Japanese professional baseball team rolled toward second base, and after Kim Hye-seong caught the ball, he tagged out the first base runner heading to second base and caught the batter’s runner through a double play, putting an end to the game. I took a picture. It was a similar situation to the scene where Chung Dae-hyun secured the gold medal with a double play in the final against Cuba at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
On the afternoon of September 26, 2023, a practice game was held between the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team and Sangmu at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. Before the game, coach Ryu Joong-il of the national baseball team is watching the players’ training./My Daily
Coach Ryu Joong-il heaped praise on this defense. When asked to choose the MVP, the head coach said, “In terms of pitchers, it’s Kim Hye-sung and Moon Dong-ju.” He added, “(Kim) Hye-sung wasn’t good before the finals, but he played well in the finals. He played so well that he was evaluated as the best infielder in the KBO League.” He gave a thumbs up.
Kim Hye-seong, who returned to Korea through Incheon Airport, said, “It was my first time playing in an international competition as a captain, and in this respect, it was something new and I was very happy.” When told that coach Ryu Joong-il selected him as MVP, she said, “That’s too much praise. (Park) Se-woong.” “It was a good thing that everyone, from the youngest (Jang) Hyun-seok to (Kim) Dong-heon, worked together with one mind. The power analysis hyungs prepared well, so we got good results,” he said with a bright smile.
Kim Hye-seong continued, “I didn’t feel it when I was giving out medals at the awards ceremony, but when I got on the plane and everyone saw me, they said ‘Congratulations’. At that time, I felt it and I was happy,” and said that many fans came to the airport. When asked if he thought there would be a lot of fans, he said, “Yes,” and smiled brightly, “Because the soccer and archery teams came together, so I thought there would be a lot of fans.”
On the afternoon of September 26, 2023, a practice game was held between the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team and Sangmu at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. National team second baseman Kim Hye-seong is defending./My Daily
On the afternoon of September 26, 2023, a practice game was held between the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team and Sangmu at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. Jung Woo-young of the national team is entering the dugout with Kim Hye-sung smiling after pitching one inning without allowing any runs./My Dale
The emotion was doubled because the process of winning was not easy. Kim Hye-seong said, “I am a human being, so I was very upset after losing the match against Taiwan. However, senior Yang Hyeon-jong, senior Park Byeong-ho, and senior Heo Gyeong-min contacted me a lot and told me, ‘As the captain, lead well. It’s not over yet.’ So I had a lot of good thoughts. “(Lee) Jeong-hoo also said, ‘We also lost to Taiwan in the first game and then won,’ so we were all relieved,” he said.
What was it like looking back at the last scene in the bottom of the 9th inning against Taiwan? Hye-seong Kim said, “I was on 1st and 2nd base with 1 out, and I was a left-handed hitter, so I thought the ball would come to me more than 80% of the time. But when a ground ball came, I thought I should (tag) and throw it myself. I had the same thought (as in 2008). “I think it would be a real honor if you got it,” he said with a smile, adding, “The moment I threw the ball, I thought, ‘Huh?’ It was because I used my wrist more than I expected. But luckily, I didn’t throw it incorrectly, which was good.”
Hye-seong Kim has already seen a video that synthesized President Heo Heo-yeon’s ‘Daessiyo’ voice during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He laughed and said, “I enjoyed watching (President Huh Gu-yeon’s video).” Even while Kim Hye-seong was away from her position, she firmly maintained the top spot for ‘most hits’ in the KBO League. He emphasized, “First of all, I will play in all the remaining games of the regular season. It is not physically difficult. I will go to the game and play hard. I will do my best until the end.”