As a player, Choi Jeong (36, SSG), who actually wore the Taegeuk mark, announced a pleasant start by hitting a home run from the first actual game.
Choi Jeong-eun started as third baseman three times in a practice game against NC held at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona on the 17th and recorded 1 hit, 슬롯사이트 1 home run and 1 walk in 1 at-bats, including a solo home run in the 3 innings. In the first inning, which was his first at-bat, he got a walk from opposing starter Shin Min-hyuk in the first inning, and in the third inning, he drew a left-handed solo arch against third pitcher Seong-Young Choi. He showed off a sense of stability in defense and fulfilled his role as the main third baseman.
Choi Jeong-eun, whom I met at the SSG Florida camp before joining the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team, was feeling extreme pressure. In this national team, there is only one ‘professional third baseman’, and he has many memories of poor performance in the national team. Also, I was worried because it was a ‘slow starter’ that started late.
Contrary to concerns, however, he played an active role from his first practice game with the national team. Choi Jeong-eun said after the match, “I’m not in 100% physical condition yet, but I’m getting better,” and “technically, I’ve improved a lot.” He continued, “It’s burdensome because I’m the only third baseman, but I want to do my best and have no regrets, thinking that this tournament is the last national team.”
He was also satisfied with third base defense. Choi Jeong-eun said, “I was worried that the feeling of throwing a catch ball with the WBC official ball was different,” but “Fortunately, I gained confidence by handling the ground ball well in the practice game.”
Choi Jeong-eun, who finished runner-up in the 2nd WBC competition in 2009 and was knocked out in the 1st round of the 2013 3rd competition, will return to the WBC stage after 10 years. Unlike in the past, there is a high possibility of playing as a built-in third baseman in this tournament. That’s why he has a strong desire to do better than anyone else, and he has revealed his spleen to the point of using the expression ‘I risked my life and death’.
The national team led by coach Lee Kang-cheol won 8-2 against NC that day. In accordance with the condition check of the national team pitchers, it was conducted in a 7-inning system, and 7 pitchers, including Kim Gwang-hyun (SSG), threw around 20 pitches regardless of outcounts and took responsibility for one inning each. In the other lineup, Kang Baek-ho (KT), along with Choi Jeong, tasted it with two stores. The national team will play four more practice matches against KIA (20th), KT (23rd and 25th), and LG (27th).