“AG? I have to throw it out of my arms” Discussing the weight of the Taegeuk mark, the third year of high school graduation￼
- on Jun 10, 2023
Eui-ri Lee (KIA) has already worn the Taegeuk mark for the 3rd time at the young age of 21. Is that why? His resolve to compete in international competitions was as serious as that of a regular veteran of the national team.
KIA left-handed young gun duo Eui-ri Lee (21) and Ji-min Choi (20) were named in the final 24 entries for the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games baseball team announced on the 9th.
Lee Eui-ri is the third national team member to compete after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2023 WBC (World Baseball Classic), and Choi Ji-min is the first to wear the Taegeuk mark after his professional debut. Lee Eui-ri, who was nominated in the 2021 KIA 1st round, has an average ERA of 2.55 in 11 matches of the season, 5 wins and 3 losses, and Choi Ji-min, who was selected as the 5th ranked player in the 2022 KIA 2nd round 1 round, is active with an average ERA of 1.57 with 2 wins, 2 losses, 1 save and 3 holds in 24 matches.
Lee Eui-ri, who met ahead of the match against Doosan in Jamsil on the 9th, said, “I felt relieved after the announcement.” There is only one. He’s in a good mood when he goes, but there’s a lot of pressure when he arrives. The most important thing is to go and come back with good results,” he said, discussing the weight of the Taegeuk mark.
How does it feel to go to the national team with Choi Ji-min, one year my junior? Eui-ri Lee said, “(Choi) Jimin is showing such good performance this season, so I knew he would be chosen. I hope he does well in the future, and I hope we can achieve good results together in the Asian Games.”
Choi Ji-min, who was next to me, said, “I was very happy to hear the announcement. I haven’t touched it yet, but I think it will come to me as the competition approaches,” he said. I think this result came from throwing well and going out in important situations. I also had high expectations, but when I was selected, the feeling was different. I feel very good. However, there is still a lot left in the season, so I will try to throw well in any situation without getting excited.”
Eui-ri Lee and Ji-min Choi’s immediate task is to maintain their current stamina until the Asian Games at the end of September. Lee Eui-ri prepared for the season earlier than usual due to the WBC in March, and Choi Ji-min also played for Geelong Korea in the offseason. Therefore, the summer when the weather is hot for both players may be more difficult than usual.
Eui-ri Lee said, “I think I should continue to exercise a lot and eat a lot of good things. In fact, there is nothing different about stamina. If I keep up my stamina now, good results will come out,” he said.
Choi Ji-min continued, “This year is my first full-time season. There are a lot of things I don’t know, so I think I’ll just have to ask for advice from people around me and digest the programs given by the training coaches diligently.”메이저사이트
Finally, they were asked about their determination to participate in the Asian Games. Eui-ri Lee said, “I think it’s important to do well in an international competition in a short period of time.” “This national team is young overall. Of course, (Lee) Jung-hoo and (The late) Woo-seok hyung will tell you many stories, but it is important for everyone to get along well for a short time.”
Choi Ji-min, who was honored to be on the first adult national team, promised, “I will go to Hangzhou and return with good results.”