‘Blue-eyed Seon Dong-yeol’ is dominating the semi-playoffs without even pitching. This is the story of NC Dinos’ foreign ace Eric Fedi.안전놀이터
Peddie reigned as the best pitcher in the 2023 KBO League. He is evaluated as the best foreign pitcher of all time in the KBO league. The record of 20 wins and 200 strikeouts is only the 5th in history, and it has been 37 years since Sun Dong-yeol in 1986.
In history, there were only 4 cases in the KBO League where 20 wins and 200 strikeouts were achieved simultaneously, and all of them were in the 1980s.
1983 Sammi Superstars, the late Jang Myeong-bu (30 wins, 220 strikeouts), 1984 Lotte Giants, the late Choi Dong-won (27 wins, 223 strikeouts), 1985 Samsung Lions, Kim Si-jin (25 wins, 201 strikeouts), and 1986 Haitai Tigers. Sun Dong-yeol (24 wins, 214 strikeouts).
In other words, Peddie achieved the record from the days when it was called ‘old baseball’ in 2023. He can be said to have achieved truly legendary records.
This is why everyone was afraid of him, and in games where he was scheduled to appear, opposing fans had no choice but to think they had lost. Just as it was said in the past that the opponent virtually gave up on the game when ‘national treasure’ Dong-Yeol Sun came out of the bullpen and warmed up, now Peddie is receiving the same treatment.
However, a variable occurred in the last appearance, and this is shaking up the postseason. On the 16th, Peddie suffered an accident in the KIA Tigers game where he was hit on the right forearm by Go Jong-wook’s batted ball. The shock was so great that he sat down without even being able to handle the hit. Fortunately, he came out with a simple bruise, but it was difficult for him to pitch right away.
He was unable to pitch in the wild card game, but fortunately he won the first game and advanced to the semi-playoffs. As Jun-PO could not pitch in the first game, Shin Min-hyuk started as a starter, and on the 22nd, when the first game was held, at SSG Landers Field in Incheon, Peddie pitched a bullpen for the first time since his injury.
Now everyone was interested in when Peddie would take the mound. After winning the first game, NC coach Kang In-kwon said, “Peddy threw 19 shots. He is currently in a 90% recovery state, but he is said to be a little anxious. Tomorrow (game 2) will likely be a bit difficult. Let’s make a schedule after looking at his recovery status more. He said, “I will do it,” and announced Peddie as the starter for the third game on the 25th ahead of the second game on the 23rd.
SSG, who lost the first game, is likely to lose the third game when Pedi appears, so they must win the second game. Could that burden have become toxic? SSG got off to a shaky start with starter Gwang-Hyun Kim giving up 3 runs in the first inning, and chased after Hanyu Seom’s consecutive home runs, but ended up losing 3-7 and falling to the brink of a 2-game losing streak.
However, after the second game ended, Coach Kang said that Peddie would not be able to appear in the third game. Coach Kang said, “In a pre-interview, I said that Peddy would be the starter for Game 3, but after training, he expressed discomfort and anxiety. I went to the hospital for a checkup today, and the result was a simple collision syndrome. As of now, Game 3 will likely be difficult. “We have to watch his condition a little more. We plan to prepare as Tanner (for the 3rd game),” he said.
In both the wild card match and semi-PO, attention is focused on when Pedi will appear. And while attention is focused on him, NC is on a roll. ‘Blue-eyed Seon Dong-yeol’ is becoming an icon of victory even if he is only on the bench.