Ahead of the new season, players from 10 professional baseball clubs made exciting promises to win the championship for the fans.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) held the 2023 season opening media day at the Grand Hyatt Seoul Grand Ballroom in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on the 30th. Captains and representative players from each team attended and expressed their strong determination for the new season.
Every year at Media Day, players appeared in costumes full of personality and drew attention. On this day, Samsung Oh Jae-il and Won Tae-in appeared wearing shiny silver necklaces and received a lot of attention. Both players went on stage with their necklaces covering their faces as if they were embarrassed.
Oh Jae-il hesitated, saying, “I was told to wear (a necklace) and go out…” and then lowered his head, saying, “I am embarrassed to wear such a large necklace for the first time.” Won Tae-in explained, “It was the necklace I was going to use during the home run ceremony,” and then said, “The PR team asked me to wear this necklace and go on stage.”
SSG captain Han Yu-seom and outfielder Choi Ji-hoon, who won the combined championship last season, appeared in neat suits. Choi Ji-hoon said, “(Han) Yu Somei hyung said that he would be better off wearing a suit. He came out dressed neatly” and said, “Yoo Somei hyung is a close hyung, so it’s okay, but when others see it, it seems scary.”
Kiwoom Lee Jung-hoo and Kim Hye-seong came out wearing T-shirts with the slogan ‘Together higher’ written on this season’s slogan. Regarding this phrase containing his goal for this season, Lee Jung-hoo said, “Wouldn’t it go higher if we pierced the ceiling of Gocheok Dome?” He gave a witty answer.
Then, the players were asked about their promise to win this season. 먹튀검증
While the main response was to listen to fans’ opinions, Lee Jung-hoo said that he would continue the promise of Kiwoom seniors.
Lee Jung-hoo said, “Previously, the seniors who appeared on Media Day promised to go camping at the Gocheok Dome, but since then they have never won. I will try to make that promise again.”
Oh Ji-hwan of the LG Twins drew attention by making a specific promise with a baseball fan beyond winning the championship.
A baseball fan made a bold proposal to Oh Ji-hwan on the field. If LG wins and Oh Ji-hwan wins the Korea Series MVP, he asks if he can host his wedding scheduled for December.
Laughter broke out in the hall, and Oh Ji-hwan also smiled brightly. Oh Ji-hwan replied, “You said it as a promise to win, but regardless of winning, I will attend the event unconditionally,” and loud cheers erupted from the audience.
Kim Do-young of the KIA Tigers wittily said, “We will draw fans who ride KIA cars and let the players wash their cars themselves. It’s random who will do it, and we’ll think about waxing and coating later.” It drew laughter by revealing that it would promote a performance by Samsung’s young players in Dongseong-ro, Daegu.