“I wonder if I’m a symbol of good luck”
The NC Dinos won their first championship in the 2020 season. Founding member Kim Sung-wook shared in the excitement. Kim enlisted in the military in 2021 and was discharged last year. During this time, the team was unable to play fall baseball and returned to the postseason this year when Kim returned to full strength.
Now that he’s back, he’s back to being one of the mainstays of fall baseball.
Kim hit the game-winning two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning of the KBO League semifinals against the SSG Landers at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the afternoon of April 22.
It was the decisive blow that broke down SSG’s foreign left-handed starter Elias, who had pitched a scoreless seventh inning, and gave NC a 4-3 victory.
Kim Sung-wook has a history of impressive performances against foreign aces. He was the nemesis of Doosan Bears ace Josh Lindblom, and in the 2016 postseason, he delivered a decisive wedge against LG Twins ace David Huff.먹튀검증
“I don’t know why,” Kim laughed when asked why he’s so strong against foreign aces, “but my brothers often joke that you don’t fit in Korea, that you should go to the major leagues.”
While Kim Sung-wook was away in the military, NC’s outfield was strengthened by outside recruits.
But his mindset hasn’t changed. “The season is over, and now it’s postseason. Whether I start or come off the bench, it’s my job to prepare well so that I can play like I did today.”
That was the case today. “When the sign came up to pinch-hit, I went out confidently. I think about my mental game a lot these days. I hit with the mindset that I could hit unconditionally, and it led to a good result.”
NC took the first game of the best-of-three series and gained an advantage thanks to Kim’s performance.
“I’m glad that the team made it to fall baseball when I came back (from military service). I wonder if I’m a symbol of good luck. I have a lot of work ahead of me, so I’ll do my best to help the team,” he laughed.