Choi Hyung-woo, the fourth batter who hit a home run from the first at-bat of “Let’s Hit a Home Run,” turned the second base, and his junior Kim Sang-soo, who was with him when he was in Samsung, bowed his head and paid his respects.
Choi Hyung-woo, a 22-year-old veteran hitter who made his professional debut, started as a designated hitter in a game against KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 22nd and hit a home run from his first at-bat.
KIA Choi Hyung-woo entered the batter’s box as the leadoff hitter in the second inning, trailing 2-0, and KT starter Um Sang-baek continued to be strong against Choi Hyung-woo this season (no hits in seven at-bats).
Um Sang-baek did not throw a single fastball against Choi Hyung-woo, and threw a change-up from the first pitch to the fourth pitch that hit a home run. Choi Hyung-woo turned the bat as if he had been waiting when the changeup of the 4th pitch of the 2B 1S entered the middle.
The ball hit well and flew over the right wall. a 120-meter solo shot. No. 4 hitter Choi Hyung-woo, who did not miss the missed ball, vigorously ran around the base.
As soon as Choi Hyung-woo stepped on second base and headed to third base, shortstop Kim Sang-soo made eye contact with a 90-degree folder greeting, and it was too short for Choi Hyung-woo to pass the base without any response. Now he is wearing KIA and KT uniforms, but Kim Sang-soo, who played with Choi Hyung-woo when he was in Samsung, expressed his feelings to a senior he respected even though he was on the opposing team.
Choi Hyung-woo, who made his professional debut 22 years ago, was the only batter in the KBO League to reach 1,500 RBIs and Lee Seung-yeop, the second-ranked hitter with 1,498 RBIs. His batting average this season remains in the late 20% range, ranking second in RBIs, second in home runs, and third in hits.
As hitters get older, their bat speed decreases, making it difficult to cope with fast balls. Choi Hyung-woo, a 22-year-old professional, is no exception. Compared to its heyday, both power and bat speed are decreasing with age. However, Choi Hyung-woo’s scoring ability at the crucial moment is the best in the team. With the exception of foreign hitter Socrates (66 RBIs), Choi Hyung-woo (63 RBIs) topped the list.
Choi Hyeong-woo, the oldest, is proving his worth with his skills, not his age. At the end of the 3rd inning, 2 companies and 1 base full count, KIA Choi Hyung-woo, who finished at bat with a fly in center field, encountered third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun the moment he headed to dugout. Hwang Jae-gyun made a gesture to his senior, saying, “Why are you hitting so well?” Choi Hyung-woo silently tapped Hwang Jae-gyun on the butt. It seemed that he was envious of Choi Hyeong-woo’s hitting ability, who gets better as he gets older.
Choi Hyung-woo, who walked on base in the sixth inning. Second baseman Park Kyung-soo welcomed Choi Hyung-woo, who advanced to second base when Socrates hit first and second base, and both are leading his juniors well as the best in the team. Park Kyung-soo, a one-year-old younger brother, was pleased with his brother Choi Hyung-woo’s strong performance.
When Kim Sun-bin hit a hit with the bases loaded on the second base, second baseman Choi Hyung-woo, who came from behind, clenched his teeth and ran home.
KIA, which succeeded in reversing in the sixth attack, lost 8-4 and gave up the lead again due to errors in the sixth defense.