The day Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop stepped on Daegu for the first time as an enemy general, he couldn’t smile.
The match between Doosan and Samsung Lions held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 26th drew much attention as coach Lee’s first visit to Daegu since taking the Doosan Command Tower.
In the first match between Doosan and Samsung, dubbed the ‘Lee Seung-yeop Derby’ from this year, Samsung laughed. Samsung defeated Doosan 1-0 with David Buchanan’s strong pitching and Koo Ja-wook’s solo home run.
From the first day of this three-game series, great attention was paid to the every move of coach Lee, who visited his parents’ home as the enemy general.
Before the game on the 25th was canceled due to rain, reporters who wanted to capture the scene where coach Lee entered Lions Park flocked to create a buzz.
Actually, the director was calm.
“I don’t feel anything special. Looking at the mural, I don’t feel special,” he said. “You have to distinguish between public and life. I can’t forget the love and affection I received while playing as a player, but now I’m wearing a Doosan uniform. How can I show my love for Samsung? I have to play for Doosan and devote myself,” he stressed.
Even before the match, Lee’s expression was the same as usual.
After ascending the Doosan Command Tower, through social network service (SNS), ‘I will politely post a greeting. And when coach Lee, who said he would do his best to play for Doosan’s victory, came to the ground for a national ceremony before the game, some speculated that he would greet the third-base spectators seated by the home fans.
However, after the match was canceled due to rain the previous day, coach Lee said, “I’ve been thinking about it, but I don’t know if there’s a right time to say hello. If our team wins, I think that’s the only way to say hello when we go to the ground.” I went straight into the dugout without paying attention to third base.
In the third-base spectators, I could feel the longing of the Samsung fans for Lee. Not on the first base side where Doosan fans were seated, but rather on the third base side, spectators wearing Lee’s Samsung era uniform stood out.
In the left outfield, which can be seen from the dugout on the first base side, a fan drew attention by hanging coach Lee’s uniform by type.
Wearing a Samsung uniform and leaving a splendid footprint in the KBO league, coach Lee, who was called the ‘national hitter’, was a symbol of Samsung and Daegu baseball.
Director Lee made his professional debut at Samsung in 1995 and played only for Samsung until his retirement in 2017, except for 2004-2011, when he played in Japanese professional baseball.
Even when he hit the 50th home run for the first time in KBO League history by drawing 54 arches (1999), and even when he set a new Asian home run record by sending 56 batted balls over the fence (2003), coach Lee always wore a blue uniform. was wearing
Coach Lee hit 467 home runs in a Samsung uniform. Lee’s name is still engraved at the top of the career home run rankings.
After Lee retired in 2017, Samsung left his mural in the right outfield of Lions Park. Coach Lee’s uniform number, number 36, was designated as Samsung’s permanent number and hangs in the outfield on the third base side of Lions Park.
Returning as a leader after six years, coach Lee’s first outing to his parents’ house, wearing a Doosan uniform rather than Samsung, ended in regret. It was a ‘happy ending’ for Samsung.
When coach Lee was playing for Samsung, he was hit with a punch by Ja-wook Koo, who was a close junior.
Koo Ja-wook, who started as Samsung’s third hitter and right fielder, took the lead in the bottom of the 4th inning when the score was 0-0 and fired a solo shot.
In the ball count 3-ball-1 strike, Koo Ja-wook pulled Doosan starter Raul Alcantara’s 5th pitch, 149km/h, low body fastball, and exploded the preemptive solo shot over the right fence. Coincidentally, Koo Ja-wook’s batted ball flew near the manager Lee’s mural painted on the right outfield stands.
Coach Lee swallowed even more regret as Doosan’s other lineup could not save a chance.
Doosan scored 7 hits, more than Samsung (3), but did not score a single point.
In particular, the scene where Kim Jae-hwan, the 4th batter, struck out in the 6th inning with 1 out, 1st and 3rd base, and José Rojas turned to the 3rd base fly after Yang Eui-ji walked with 2 bases loaded left me with a lot of regret.
In the ninth inning, Doosan created a chance for 2 out 1st and 3rd base with Kang Seung-ho and Heo Gyeong-min’s consecutive hits, but they were unable to tie the score in the end.
As Doosan lost, coach Lee delayed the opportunity to greet Samsung fans.
Director Park laughed first in the ‘Best Friend Showdown’ between director Lee and Samsung director Park Jin-man.토스카지노
Coach Lee and Coach Park did not play for the same team as players, but they shared moments of glory in Korean baseball, such as the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the semifinals at the 2006 World Baseball Classic (WBC), and the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.