Go Woo-seok (LG Twins), who shed countless tears due to terrible misfortune at international competitions, also shed tears at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. However, if the tears before were tears of regret, the tears shed in Hangzhou were tears of joy, joy, and gratitude.메이저사이트
Go Woo-seok took the mound as the closing pitcher in the bottom of the 9th inning with a 2-0 lead in the final against Chinese Taipei of the Hangzhou Asian Games held at Baseball and Softball Sports Center Stadium 1 in Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, China on the 7th. He allowed one scoreless inning and led Korea to the championship.
It was not an easy game. Go Woo-seok caught the opposing team’s Yang Cheon-wi with a fly ball after one out, but allowed a hit to right to Lin Lee, putting him in danger with one out and runner on first base. Afterwards, the follow-up batter, Lin Anguo, hit a right-handed hit, putting the runners on first and second base with one out.
Go Woo-seok threw a series of low fastballs to Lin An-guo that barely touched the strike zone, but the referee ruled it as a ball and was shaken.
However, Go Woo-seok cheered by inducing Wu Nian-ding to a ground ball and turning it into a double play. He expressed his joy by hugging his teammates and burst into tears after receiving his gold medal.
Go Woo-seok, whom we met after the game, said, “I cried because I had a lot of complicated thoughts. It must have been a difficult decision for national team coach Ryu Joong-il, but I thank him for trusting me and giving me the opportunity.”
He continued, “I felt sorry for former national team coaches Kim Kyung-moon and Lee Kang-cheol.”
In fact, Go Woo-seok suffered from bad news at every international competition. In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 against Japan, he made a mistake covering the base in the 8th inning when the score was 2-2 and could have ended the inning, resulting in a loss. A shaken Go Woo-seok was on the verge of having the bases loaded due to an intentional walk and a walk, but collapsed after allowing a timely hit.
At the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) held earlier this year, he was unable to play in a single game after injuring his right shoulder during a practice game.
The jinx seemed to continue in this competition as well. On the 2nd, he took the mound in the bottom of the 8th inning when the team was down 0-2 against Chinese Taipei in the group stage, gave up a double and a hit to the body, and then was hit by Lin Zhihao on second and third bases with two outs and two RBIs, resulting in a 0-4 loss. brought it upon himself.
However, coach Ryu Joong-il showed his unwavering trust by sending Go Woo-seok out once again in the last inning of the final. This situation and memories of his past filled Go Woo-seok’s eyes.
Go Woo-seok said, “I remember the hard work of my seniors (at the Tokyo Olympics and WBC),” and added, “Today’s game may not be a reward, but I tried hard to show a better performance. Other players did very well in this tournament. “I think I just spooned it on,” he said.
Regarding the situation in which the balls thrown against Lin Anguo were repeatedly ruled as balls, he laughed and said, “(Catcher Kim) Hyeong-jun (NC Dinos) was very disappointed, so I was also disappointed,” and added, “In hindsight, that decision led to a double play.”
He then said, “Wasn’t there a similar situation in the past (2008 Beijing Olympic finals)? Coach Jeong Dae-hyun, who threw the ball at that time, came with us as the national team coach for this tournament, and I think he played with that in mind.”
He also said, “At that time, Hyungjun was very good at signing the ball,” and “I think I threw it more calmly because he pointed out things I hadn’t thought of.”
When asked, ‘How does it feel to have a medal around your neck?’, he held the medal under his clothes and smiled, saying, “It feels very heavy. It’s really heavy, but I think it means a lot.”
Go Woo-seok, who won the gold medal after many twists and turns, said, “Now all that’s left is to throw well in the KBO League. All my teammates sent me messages right after the game. They were watching the game. Thank you, and I will continue to grow.”
Go Woo-seok got on the bus heading to his athlete’s village with a brighter expression than ever.