The presence and destructive power of a healthy Choo-Shin-soo (41) was immense. He led SSG Landers to a big win and an end to their losing streak.
Shin-soo Choo batted leadoff against the Lotte Giants at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Saturday, going 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the team to a 12-1 victory. SSG snapped a two-game losing streak with Shin-soo Choo.
Shin-soo Choo was removed from the first team roster on 27 May after failing to improve due to a sore ankle. Choo Shin-soo first requested to coach Kim Won-hyung and was removed from the first team. He worked hard on his rehabilitation and played in the second team matches to prepare for his return to the first team in perfect condition.
Coach Kim Won-hyung chose to start Shin-soo as the No. 1 designated hitter upon his return because he wanted him to serve as an offensive spark. He wanted him to be the lifeblood of the team.
He fulfilled Kim’s wishes by more than 200 per cent. Shin-soo Choo began his role by drawing a walk in his first at-bat. In the third inning, he drew a leadoff walk to start the inning and scored on Heredia’s grounder. In the fourth inning, he singled to right field to record his first hit since returning.
It didn’t stop there. In the sixth inning, Shin-soo Choo drew another walk with the bases loaded to complete his four-hit game and came through with a three-run home run to give Choi a comfortable 8-1 lead.
The mood already set for a big win. Shin-Soo Choo added to the celebration. In the bottom of the seventh, with runners on first and second, Choo took a low 143km fastball from Yoon Myung-joon and smashed it over the centre-field fence for a three-run home run. Fourth homer of the season.
Upon his return, he made a huge impact. Not only on the field, but also in the clubhouse, Choo was quick to communicate to the team what he had seen and felt as the oldest player in the KBO and after being away from the first team for a while.
“Before the game, (Choo) Shin-soo had a meeting. The whole squad gathered and he said a lot of encouraging words to the juniors, so I think the atmosphere that was down rose to victory.”
“When I was in the second team, I watched all the first team games. I couldn’t see the good times in the players’ expressions and eyes. When things don’t go well, we go back to the beginning. We remembered how we got here, what we accomplished last year, and said, “Let’s do it again.” “Everyone has bad days in a long season. Whether it’s a team or an individual. That’s when we have to pick ourselves back up. If we fall down here, we’ll fall down everywhere. We had to rethink things and start over.” 먹튀검증
“I said, ‘Let’s play baseball, which we were good at. When things weren’t going well, we were playing fast because we were in a hurry. When it’s not going well, you have to slow down and pick and choose. That’s what we do when we’re playing good baseball, harassing the pitcher and hitting when we have runners on base, and that’s not what we did today. I thought we did a good job of picking our pitches, harassing the pitcher and getting hits.” The same was true of his own first inning, when he drew a full-count, eight-pitch at-bat.
“It’s a lot more comfortable than it was before I went down to the second team, and I’m playing baseball without thinking about it,” he said of his ankle, adding, “When I hit the home run, it was a course that I’ve always hit well, it’s just that I haven’t been hitting it well. I think those things improved today,” he said.