“I’m crazy about baseball.”
Choi Jeong (36) of SSG Landers started as a third baseman to bat 4 times against the Samsung Lions held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 12th. In the 6th inning, Choi Jeong got the first hit of the game. He became the 17th player in the KBO League with 2,000 hits, and set a record for the first time in club history.
Choi Jeong, who failed to hit a hit in the previous at-bat. He was caught on a fly ball by center fielder in the first inning and was also out on a fly by third baseman in the third inning. Choi Jeong-eun, who finished warming up little by little, finally got a hit in the 6th inning. He caught the 139km fastball of the changed pitcher Lee Ho-seong and hit a double through left-center. At that moment, the phrase ‘top 2,000 hits’ appeared on the electronic board of Samsung Lions Park in Daegu.메이저놀이터
Choi Jeong-eun was congratulated by his teammates after finishing the inning. Director Kim Won-hyung personally handed over the bouquet prepared by the club to Choi Jeong. I enjoyed the joy of doing high fives with my colleagues in the dugout.
SSG franchise star Choi Jeong-eun has already broken several records. Last year, he set a record for 2000 appearances, the 16th in KBO history and the second in club history (Park Gyeong-wan in 2010). Not only that, he hit double-digit home runs every year, starting with 12 in 2006, and setting a new double-digit home run record for 17 consecutive years until last year. And set a record of 2000 hits, and wore another medal.
Director Kim Won-hyung, who has watched Choi Jeong since his active days, responded, “It’s not surprising.” As there is a saying, ‘a tree that has the potential to grow is different from the cotyledon.’ Choi Jeong-eun was extraordinary. Director Kim said, “I joke about Choi Jeong’s 2,000 hits, saying, ‘Isn’t it obvious?’ Choi Jeong-eun admits that much. He was really serious about baseball. He was crazy about baseball.”
“Actually, I’m a pitcher, so I didn’t have many encounters with fielders during training. I saw them occasionally during spring camp, and they always practiced. Even after the game, I did additional swing practice. If I didn’t hit in the game, I was alone. I trained because I was pissed off. It’s not easy, but Choi Jeong-eun did it. I also practiced a lot of defense. I remember getting the impression that he was a good player.”
Choi Jeong-do, who had the nickname ‘boy trader’, has become a veteran in his late 30s. He has had a successful career and is making KBO history. The boy business is already a legend.