“I thought the Tokyo Olympics was the last… This will be the last time.”
Wear the Taegeuk mark for the 10th time and challenge the ‘Last Dance’.
Kim Hyeon-soo (35) of the LG Twins served as the captain of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team today to be held in March. This is his 10th appearance for the national team after joining the professional team. No player in the KBO League has served the country more than Kim Hyun-soo.
Starting with the 2008 Beijing Olympic team, 2nd WBC in 2009, 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, 3rd WBC in 2013, 2014 Incheon Asian Games, 2015 1st Premier12, 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, 2019 The 2nd Premier 12 and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics were marked with the Taegeuk mark. It is highly likely that the 5th WBC national team will be Kim Hyun-soo’s last Taegeuk mark.
Kim Hyun-soo, whom I met at the Arizona camp in the United States, said, ‘Taegeuk mark 10 times is not an ordinary number. When I said, “You can be proud of yourself,” he said, “I think I’ve come a long way. My pride is, I just think that the fans looked at me favorably,” he laughed. As the captain of the national team, he asked his teammates, “I’m representing the country, so I just want to act appropriately.”
– I’m participating in the 10th national team.
The national team has been selected, so I do my best. (Taegeuk mark) It’s heavy. You have to endure it, you have to overcome it. I thought Tokyo (Olympics) would be my last, but since I was selected again, I really think it will be my last. There are more players who are better than me, so I wonder if those players will go out next time. Next time (I) won’t be old enough. I want to do well at the end.
-You say you are old, but if you are selected again next time.
(Laughter) I can’t help it. I have to go out.
-It may be seen as the opposite of Choo Shin-soo’s national team remarks in January.
He answered that question, because each thought. He thinks he can say what he thinks.
– There are many young players on the national team. If there’s anything you’d like to ask for as a captain.
The team has to take care of itself. There will come a situation where players who are really good are selected, and each of them is the best, but the team they belong to will definitely go (to the game), but the national team will not be able to do it. I wish I wasn’t sad at that time. I’m representing the country, so I just want to act appropriately. I think you will do well on the rest.
– What do you talk about at meetings with the players?
Even in Tokyo, we just got together and all we did was ‘Let’s win’. I usually ask, “Are you okay?”
-You went to the 9th international competition, and if you had to pick one that left a special memory.
well. I can’t pick it up. The national team is all good memories and good experiences. It is a place with many players. I have never played with the same team, but there are players I met often in the national team. The national team always makes good memories, and it’s great when the results follow, but it’s so sad when the results aren’t good. So I guess it was more regrettable in Tokyo. 온라인카지노
-What do you see as the charm of the WBC?
Isn’t it attractive to see more teams coming out? Really, I think the biggest charm is that the best players from each country are coming out and doing it before the season.
-Isn’t it more difficult because it’s before the season? I need to get my body in shape quickly.
There is nothing that is not difficult if you think it is difficult. You have to endure that. That’s why I think the team is so important. (Soccer) I think the World Cup is the same as it is in the middle of the season.
-Premier 12 will be held after the season. WBC and Premier 12, what is more difficult.
Both are difficult (laughs). It’s so hard. Both of them are so difficult that I can’t say which one is difficult. You’re doing what you’ve always been doing. Pitchers will make a bigger difference, but it will be more difficult on the throwing side.
-You were the only one who failed to compete in the 3rd event in 2017 among the WBC tournaments. At that time, I was playing for Major League Baltimore. Was there any regret?
I did my best to watch it on TV because of the time difference, but rather than regretting that I couldn’t go out, I thought that it would have been nice if the players were having a hard time together (I went out). (Baltimore) The team told me to stay, so I couldn’t go.
It is the only tournament in which Kim Hyun-soo has not participated in the national team since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kim Hyeon-soo has participated in the national team 9 times so far and played an active role in international competitions with a batting average of 3.6 0.2 (76 hits in 210 at-bats).