The national baseball team has won its fourth consecutive gold medal, after being labeled the “weakest” team in history. Pitcher Moon Dong-ju, the hero of the final, and a host of younger players have shined brightly, signaling the future of Korean baseball.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, with one out and runners on first and second, reliever Ko Woo-seok struck out the last batter to end the game, and the players rushed onto the field to hug and cheer, basking in the thrill of winning their fourth consecutive title.
Kang Baek-ho and Ko Woo-seok, who have had a particularly difficult time in international competitions, shed hot tears.
[Kang Baek-ho/Infielder, National Baseball Team: I had a bit of a panic disorder for four months, but I’m so happy that we were able to achieve such a good result. I think it was a very happy day].
After enjoying the awards ceremony, the athletes headed back to their accommodation to continue the celebration.
I was even more emotional because it was a gold medal after walking through thorny roads.
The team was criticized as the “weakest team ever” due to the 24-year-old age limit and the loss of their star player Lee Jung-hoo to injury, and the team’s “international nightmare” seemed to come back to haunt them when they were swept by Chinese Taipei in the group stage.메이저사이트
However, the players came together as a team and faced the crisis head-on.
From Park Se-woong, the oldest member of the team, who led the way by shouting and encouraging the players to fight, to Moon Dong-ju, who pitched a six-inning no-hitter in the final, to Choi Ji-min and Park Young-hyun, the “twenty-something trio” became the protagonists of the championship with their world-class pitching.
[Moon Dong-joo/Pitcher, Korea National Baseball Team: I think our desperate hearts came together well, and we want to continue to show this kind of good form in the next tournament].
After a string of disappointing performances in recent international tournaments, Korean baseball found hope with the victory in the tournament, which was organized by players under the age of 24.