the Korean baseball team realized the wall of the world stage.
The baseball team led by coach Lee Kang-cheol recorded 2 wins and 2 losses in the first round of the 2023 WBC Group B and failed to advance to the quarterfinals, which could advance to the second place in the group.
After losing the first match 메이저놀이터 against Australia and the second match against Sookmyung Japan, red flags were already on for advancing to the quarterfinals. Aside from winning and losing, it disappointed those watching in terms of the content of the game.
However, it was the players themselves who felt the pain of defeat more than anyone else.
On the 13th, the national team players who failed to smile even after winning the last game of the 1st round against China by a cold game 22-2, left the field and reflected on themselves.
Captain Kim Hyeon-soo said, “Because I was lacking, I couldn’t lead the players well, so I couldn’t get good results.” He added, “I am done now. It is the last time I wear the Korea uniform,” he said, revealing that it was his last competition as a national team.
Kim Hyun-soo said, “I tried to create a comfortable atmosphere, but I was nervous from the first game,” and “I think the players were nervous because I was nervous. Rather than trying to lead, I had to create an atmosphere where people could enjoy themselves.”
Kim Hyun-soo, who repeatedly said, “My heart hurts a lot,” said, “I worked hard not to hear that I came to play. The national team came out really well, but it is right to be criticized if the results are not good. It hurts a lot when it happened like this, and I felt sorry for my juniors.”
Kang Baek-ho, who received a lot of criticism after being tagged out during a ceremony in the game against Australia, also bowed his head. In the mixed zone, he said, “I played a play that shouldn’t be shown. I feel good too, so I don’t think I was able to control myself,” he said.
Kang Baek-ho, who was at the center of criticism at this tournament following the Tokyo Olympics, said, “There are people who look at me badly, but there are many people who like and support me, so I can’t ask them to like me, but I can’t ask many people to like me. I will work harder to grow as a player and to become a player with good humanity, so I hope you continue to support me and watch over me diligently.”
Kim Ha-seong, who left for the United States immediately after this tournament, said, “I am frustrated and regretful. He said, “I’m sorry that I couldn’t live up to expectations.” At the same time, Ha-seong Kim said, “Director Kang-cheol Lee said that the manager was responsible for the elimination, but the cause of the defeat lies with the players who played the game. I think we have to take responsibility,” he said, keenly feeling his responsibility.
Park Kun-woo, who had the best hitting feeling in the national team, couldn’t even laugh. In the game against China, he even hit a home run with bases, boasting a good sense of hitting.
Park Gun-woo said, “If the team loses, individual records are meaningless.” “All players have burdens, so it only sounds like an excuse,” he said calmly.
Park Se-woong, who recorded 4.2 scoreless innings against the Czech Republic, said, “Since the joint training, all players have been training and participating in the tournament thinking a lot about how they can win.” Expressing his position on behalf of the team, he said, “Everyone tried to win, but it’s a pity that their skills were a little less displayed. If I go to the next international competition, I want to throw as many innings again.”