I thought it was definitely not easy to succeed in the pros.”
NC Dinos won 6 to 5 in the home game against Doosan Bears held at NC Park in Changwon on the 24th.
One shot from a rookie saved the team. It was an overtime period when the score was 3-3. In the top of the 11th inning, Doosan took a 5-3 lead with pinch hitter Heo Gyeong-min’s two-run home run. As it is the latter half of the game, it is not easy for NC to regain momentum.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, NC took another opportunity with the bases loaded thanks to Park Min-woo’s walk, Martin’s hit, and Kwon Hee-dong’s walk.
At bat was Park Han-gyeol, who came in as a substitute for Park Geon-woo in the bottom of the 10th inning. Park Han-gyeol, who joined in the second round of the 2023 rookie draft (14th overall), was called up to the first team for the first time on the 23rd. In the Futures League, he appeared in 68 games and recorded a batting average of .266. NC coach Kang In-kwon introduced Park Han-gyeol as “a player with slugging power.”
His first at-bat since his debut, with even his family watching. Park Han-gyeol showed off his strengths. The situation was driven to 1B 2S with 3 sliders. A fastball came in on the 4th pitch. Park Han-gyeol turned the bat without hesitation, and the batted ball split right-center. Two runners came home easily. In this process, Doosan’s broadcast play was somewhat inadequate. Kwon Hee-dong, who stepped on third base, hesitated before running toward home and throwing himself away at the last moment. The result is safe. NC won 6 to 5.
After finishing the game, Park Han-gyeol, who was drenched with a water bottle, said, “I only did it in practice games when I was an amateur,” and added, “I thought I scored a point because the outfielder ran. I always imagined it and only saw other people do it. I never thought I would end up like this.” “I feel so good and I want to see my family soon,” he said with a smile.
A timely hit from an unfavorable ball count. Park Han-gyeol looked back, “My heart sank when I got 2 strikes first. It was my first time seeing a pitch. I thought it wouldn’t be easy. Opportunities don’t always come, so I felt that being a professional isn’t easy.”
He continued, “Before the game, senior Park Min-woo told me not to swing at the timing of the fastball and to swing even if I miss. Coach Ji-man Song also told me to never miss a fastball. He has been watching baseball for decades more than me, so he knows better. “I listened to what the coaches and seniors said rather than what I thought,” he said. “At first, my swing made me laugh. It was so obvious to see the fastball. I thought he would throw it backwards, but the pitcher looked up a lot. “It was shaking. The moment I saw it, I hit it right away,” he said.메이저사이트
Park Han-gyeol, who became the protagonist of the situation where he was called up to the first team after only two days, said, “I thought it was an opportunity, but it was a very important time to come up. It was the latter part of the season and it was difficult to compete for rankings, so I thought I should pay more attention to the team.” “I asked a lot of people about it. If they suddenly came up at an important time and lost because of me, their ranking would drop, so I focused more.”
Park Han-gyeol said, “I think I can hit long shots and run. That’s my biggest advantage,” and added, “I haven’t won a championship since I was an amateur, but I really want to win a trophy as a pro.”