“Are you ready for the bullpen? Of course there are difficulties, but if you give the reason for that, you have to quit baseball.” 메이저사이트
Hanwha veteran left-handed pitcher Jung Woo-ram (38) will challenge to pitch in 1,000 games for the first time in the KBO League this year. He had 952 games until the 2022 season, and he is already unrivaled for the most appearances by a pitcher. Jin Hae-soo (LG) is ranked first in active play with 769 games, and Ryu Taek-hyun (former LG, 901 games), who has already retired, is ranked second in total.
Last year, his shoulder was a bit bad. Because of this, he only made 23 appearances. However, if he does not get sick, 48 appearances are likely to be no problem. He pitched in 50 or more games for 14 consecutive years from 2008 to 2021. This means that he pitched in at least one game out of three consecutive matches, both during his SK days and after the transfer to Hanwha.
For Jung Woo-ram, 1,000 games still does not come close to him. “You have to know. I didn’t have a recording ceremony and ran, but I think this is meaningful. He must do it this year. It should. The role of captain is a priority for him, but he has to run well to the end (1,000 appearances).”
As for why Jung Woo-ram is a recognized veteran in the KBO league beyond Hanwha, he can still be found in the mindset of putting himself down thoroughly and thinking of the team. Existing captain Ha Joo-seok took over as captain at the age of 38, missing half of the season due to a drunk driving discipline. He entrusted Chae Eun-seong as fielder manager and Lee Tae-yang as pitcher manager.
Jung Woo-ram said, “When you enter the demonstration game, the role of captain begins in earnest. It is a year to make a leap forward as a captain. Even if you don’t think about 1,000 games for a moment, if you run for a year with a sense of responsibility (starting 1,000 games), won’t you receive it as a gift? In fact, I am not in a position to set my 1000 game record because the team’s performance is not good.”
Jung Woo-ram’s dream is the same as other Hanwha people. It is Hanwha’s leap forward and escape from the dark ages. So, I think that not only my 1000 games, but also my position and role are not very important. He intends to squeeze his strength to the end for Hanwha. He came down from last season’s finish, but of course he’s not conscious.
Jung Woo-ram said, “It took a long time to finish. But he isn’t sad about the ending. During that time he had 500 games in the bullpen and 400 finishes. He thought that if his skills were not good at any time, he could hand over the finish to another player. He said, “It is important that I do my best in my position.” He even said, “A good finish has to come from our team in the long run.”
In fact, it is more difficult to manage the condition of a midfielder than a closer. As for the finish, the starting situation is fixed, but the 7th and 8th inning setup man may have to go out even when he is losing. You must always tighten the spike string, and you must have the know-how to loosen your body quickly. Of course, Jung Woo-ram mastered the parts, but it’s not easy.
However, Jung Woo-ram said, “There are difficulties, of course. However, if you express the difficulty and give the reason, you have to quit baseball. That’s not how I came here. I came this far by overcoming and fighting. Just because you’re old doesn’t mean it’s unacceptable.”
Of course, the coaching staff is considerate. However, Jung Woo-ram said, “I am considered, but unlike the existing young players, my pride will not allow me to enjoy the benefits. If you are not feeling well, you can take a break and adjust your opinions.” After all, it did not just run until 952 games. Although he has a team first mindset rather than records and positions, if he is a pitcher like Jung Woo-ram, it is okay to be thrilled on the day he pitches in 1,000 games.