Usually, he was a stranger known for his excitement, but this time he couldn’t hold back his anger. The main character who was eventually ordered to leave. It was Austin, the foreign batter of the LG Twins.
Austin returns to the dugout soon. In the meantime, ‘former captain’ Kim Hyun-soo said something short to Austin, who was leaving the ground.먹튀검증
“Go ahead, get some rest, and get ready for tomorrow’s game.”
The LG Twins won 5-3 in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League home game against the Kiwoom Heroes at Jamsil Baseball Stadium (11,910 spectators) in Seoul on the 11th. With the victory on this day, LG maintained its first place in the league with a record of 59 wins, 35 losses and 2 draws with three consecutive wins. This season, LG has a huge advantage over Kiwoom with 9 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses. On the same day, LG played 6 games with second place SSG Landers, who lost to Samsung by one point.
On this day, LG succeeded in suppressing the starting line by scoring 3 points in the bottom of the 5th inning against starter Jang Jae-young, who was good at throwing. However, the 6th inning immediately followed. This time, LG starter Casey Kelly was suddenly shaken and eventually allowed the score to be tied 3-3.
And the bottom of the 6th inning that followed. Leading batter Austin stepped in to bat. Jang Jae-young’s first pitch, a 147km strike, was formed outside. 2nd pitch then. This time, the 147km fastball was hit on a similar course. Referee Song Soo-geun declared strikes for both the first and second pitches. Then, Austin expressed regret over the ball decision on the second pitch and got out of the plate once. Referee Song motioned for him to step in, and Austin stood up again. The third pitch is a tall ball (136km cutter). and the 4th pitch. This time, Jang Jae-young’s 149km fastball formed toward the body and dug in. Referee Song declared a strike out.
At this time, Austin approached the referee Song and began to protest fiercely face to face. Judge Song also wanted to exchange a few words for a while, and then he gave the order to leave. Then Austin flung his bat aside and slammed his helmet, making an even more violent appeal. Head coach Oh Ji-hwan and Kim Jeong-joon, who were on standby at bat, barely stopped Austin, and the situation did not spread to a bigger extent. Austin’s exit was his 22nd in the KBO League this season and his 12th as a player. Head coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop, the head coach, came out to the ground and talked with the referees for a while, then accepted and went back.
A furious Austin (left) throws his helmet at the exit order.
After being sent off, Austin couldn’t sit in the dugout any longer. Austin tries to leave the dugout after packing his own gear. There was a player who approached Austin and patted him on the back to calm him down once again. It was Kim Hyun-soo, the former captain.
Continuing, the next batter Oh Ji-hwan also showed a sensitive appearance to the referee’s ball decision, and the bottom of the 6th inning ended. And in the bottom of the eighth inning, both teams tied 3-3. Kim Hyun-soo exploded a dramatic reversal two-run gun and became a hero.
◆ The dignity of ‘veteran’ Kim Hyun-soo, who leads the dugout atmosphere
Kim Hyeon-soo, who met with reporters after the game, talked about his thoughts very coolly about the situation of Austin’s exit. Kim Hyun-soo said, “I just said ‘It’s okay’ to Austin. Well, I think it can be done. He told me to go in and rest. I told him to prepare for tomorrow’s game. There’s nothing to do.”
Next, Kim Hyun-soo said, “I think the referees can of course be sent off. Well (Austin) can’t continue to be good while playing the game. That’s how good a player he is.” Usually, Hyunsoo Kim and Austin joke around a lot and get along comfortably. Kim Hyun-soo continued, “I see this situation as part of a baseball game. I just think I can come out to the stadium again tomorrow and play.”
Oh Ji-hwan, who entered the plate after Austin’s exit, also showed sensitivity to the strike decision. As a result, Kim Hyun-soo showed a look at Oh Ji-hwan in the dugout. Kim Hyun-soo said, “Austin was kicked out and the atmosphere was a bit chaotic, so I said, ‘Let’s calm down. Let’s get back to normal quickly.’
In fact, this situation is also part of the game, but it was never good to play the game in a state of excitement. ‘LG Twins’ mental support’ Kim Hyun-soo, who has gone through all of the prenatal battles, cannot be unaware of this fact. Kim Hyeon-soo’s words and actions, which reveal his age and dignity, are shining at every critical juncture this season.