While Choo Shin-soo (SSG Landers)’s remarks in defense of a player with a history of school violence led to a stir, Ahn Young-myeong’s reaction to praise Choo Shin-soo was also on the cutting board. The person concerned immediately apologized, but it is pointed out that he was not careful when considering his position and goals.
Choo Shin-soo, currently living in the United States, recently appeared on a Dallas-area Korean radio show and shared his thoughts on the starting list for the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March. He pointed out that the proportion of young players on board was small, and that the selection was not future-oriented, and defended An Woo-jin, who had a recurring issue related to school violence this winter, and concluded that Korean sports fans have a certain tendency. This remark went viral.
Ahn Young-myeong supported the fact that Choo Shin-soo raised the topic of the situation in which An Woo-jin was not selected for the WBC national team through social media (SNS), and expressed his thoughts without hesitation even after anticipating that there would be a repercussion.
Ahn Young-myeong said, ‘Isn’t it better than the people who show up in front of you as seniors as if you have been criticizing juniors as a job? He also said, “Who is the person who develops Korean baseball?” When Korean baseball or a specific team or player is on the chopping block, it seems to target those who just jumped on the public opinion and criticized them without front.
Ahn Young-myeong deleted the post he posted. The fire of fierce accusations spread to him. He also expressed his apology through media interviews. He emphasized that the purpose was not fully conveyed. It was not that he defended school violence, but that he appreciated Choo Shin-soo’s actions in revealing his thoughts in an atmosphere of silence over the selection of An Woo-jin in the baseball world.
In fact, Ahn Young-myeong also conveyed this thought through the first SNS post. He said he would keep quiet about the appropriateness of Shin-soo Choo’s remarks, and said he supported clean baseball. However, the issue that Choo Shin-soo has already ignited does not stop at school violence. It was natural for Ahn Young-myeong to be criticized for raising Choo Shin-soo’s hand with enthusiasm.
Ahn Young-myeong, who played for 20 years on the professional stage, retired last year. Afterwards, he started anew as a psychological counseling trainer at KT, which was the last team in his career. Although he was not officially named on the coaching staff list for the 2023 season announced by the KT club on the 24th, he had already given a lecture to Future Steam players last year. 안전놀이터
Ahn Young-myeong studied sports psychology. She pursued a career as a counselor. She hopes to spread the learnings from her experience to her juniors. Because Ahn Young-myeong is like that, the response to communicate through social media over sensitive issues is evaluated as careless. There have already been many players who have brought controversy on social media. I mean the cases where they couldn’t control their urges and showed their emotions, but were beaten by fans and public opinion.
Ahn Young-myeong should spread the negative influence of social media. He failed to set an example and added bad examples. It is also undesirable that a mental coach who must remain neutral in any matter defends a specific player. According to his position, he should not hesitate to reveal his beliefs apart from the content. However, the point of view of a certain issue is different. If it’s a mental coach, wouldn’t it be right to deliver a way to regain composure while minimizing risks as much as possible?