He is a happy player. Both Hanwha fans and LG fans seemed to be cheering for each other on this day.
On the 21st, the first game of the season between LG 메이저놀이터 and Hanwha was held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park. The two teams, who had never faced each other in an exhibition game, met for the first time in the regular season. Hanwha’s Chae Eun-seong had a more joyful face than anyone else before the game. It was because he was able to meet the LG players he played with until last year for the first time on the ground.
Around 5:00 PM, when the LG players warmed up in front of the third base dugout, Chae Eun-seong came. Chae Eun-seong chatted with his old teammates, saying hello to the LG coaching staff and players. After greeting Moon Bo-kyung, he even played a prank to step on Moon Bo-kyung’s shoes. When he found Jung Joo-hyun lying on the ground and warming up, he ran over and hugged her fiercely. Chae Eun-seong and Jung Joo-hyun were motives for joining LG in 2009.
After greeting the players, Chae Eun-seong visited manager Yeom Kyung-yeop, who was interviewing reporters in the dugout, and greeted him by rubbing his shoulders. When coach Yeom was the head of the LG operation team, there was a connection that Chae Eun-seong was directly selected in the rookie draft. Coach Yeom recalled, “I brought him to go to Korea University. I was a catcher at Suncheon Hyocheon High School, but I picked him up and made him the third baseman at first.”
Chae Eun-seong started as the designated hitter number 4. In the first inning, when he entered his first at-bat with 2 outs and 2nd base, LG fans of the away team in the third base crowd applauded and chanted Chae’s name lightly. Jinpyeonggyeong loved by both Hanwha and LG fans.
Chae Eun-seong, who played for LG until last year, is a player with a sincere and upright image, and LG fans sincerely congratulated him when he left last winter with a free agency contract with Hanwha (6 years, up to 9 billion won), leaving a lot of good looks at LG.
Chae Eun-seong struck out on a swing by Plutko’s slider (125 km), which he faced for the first time, and could not save a chance to score. After one out in the 4th inning, he hit 3 fouls on the ball count 2B 2S and continued the tenacious game. On the 8th pitch, he struck out looking for Plutko’s big curve (119 km).
After two outs in the sixth inning, he pulled Plutko’s slider and hit a left-handed hit that slipped between the third baseman and shortstop. First hit against his home team.
In the 8th inning, which was 2-4, he entered the plate with 1 out and 1st base. It was a place of victory. Hanwha chased 2-4 with Roh Si-hwan’s 2 RBIs and timely hits in the 8th inning, and LG replaced pitcher Lee Jeong-yong with Kim Jin-seong. Chae Eun-seong hit Kim Jin-sung’s fastball and hit a foul home run that escaped the left pole, causing fans to exclaim. If it had gone in pair, it would have been a dramatic tie-breaker. In the end, he struck out on a forkball (125km) and