Ko cried twice because of the national flag this year. Once, he was not supportive of the team during the WBC (World Baseball Classic), and once again, he cried by releasing his heart with the Asian Games gold medal.
South Korea beat Taiwan 2-0 in the gold medal match of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at Xiaoxing Baseball-Softball Center 1 baseball stadium in Zhejiang Province on the 7th, achieving its fourth consecutive victory in the tournament. 스포츠토토
After the Doha disaster in 2006, he did not come down from the top until the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. Throughout the history of the Asian Games, no one can beat Korea’s record for the most wins for the time being. In baseball at the 1994 Asian Games, South Korea won a whopping six gold medals. Japan (Hiroshima in 1994, did not participate in professional players) and Taiwan (Doha in 2006) followed Korea once each.
The last pitcher to decide Korea’s gold medal was Ko Woo-suk. Ko Woo-suk had consecutive hits after catching his first batter, but blocked Japanese professional baseball player Ou Neng-ting with a double play to second base. Although the referee was in a disadvantage without catching the low ball well, he eventually overcame it with the ball and became a gold medal pitcher.
However, Ko Woo-suk shed tears at the medal ceremony. Ko Woo-suk, who met with reporters before returning to his accommodation, said, “I cried because I had complicated thoughts like that.” At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Ko Woo-suk was criticized for making a mistake on defense and not being able to play in the WBC game in March this year due to sudden symptoms of gall. He also lost two points against Taiwan in the group stage on the 2nd. This process made this gold medal even more meaningful to him.
Ko Woo-suk said, “First of all, I would like to thank director Ryu Joong-il. Thank you for believing. I appreciate that it could not have been an easy decision. I felt sorry for Kim Kyung-moon (Tokyo Olympics), who was a former national team coach, and Lee Kang-chul (WBC). I remembered a lot of the seniors and players I worked hard with. That won’t be all in return with today’s results, but I’ve tried to keep growing since that day. This time, I think I just put up a spoon because the players in front of me gave good results.”
Even at the beginning of the season, he expressed his regret for the sluggishness of international competitions. He only made his first appearance of the season on April 18. He had a sore throat in a practice match ahead of the WBC finals in March, and after returning home, he was diagnosed with right shoulder hypermyelitis and began rehabilitation. After his first appearance in the first division, Ko Woo-suk looked completely different from usual when he met with reporters.
Thinking of WBC, Ko Woo-suk said, “I’m trying to do something about it…I tried my best, but my arm didn’t work. So…”I couldn’t keep talking. Ko Woo-suk, who spoke with difficulty again, said, “I prepared hard, but I’m very sorry that I couldn’t do it. I still feel sorry. I’m also careful about doing interviews,” he said.
He said, “You may not throw well or you may throw well in the game. I never thought it was hard. But I couldn’t even try. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for injuries. Also, such a competition is not held every year, and you don’t know when you can wear the Taegeuk mark again,” he continued.
At the next opportunity, Ko Woo-suk eased his burden. Ko Woo-suk once again said on the 7th, “I’m so sorry to the former coach, and I’m grateful and sorry because I remembered what I did with the players. All the seniors called me back then. I think I got more emotional after watching it. He said, “You were watching, and I thought I should continue to grow.”
Meanwhile, Lee Ga-hyun, the wife of Ko Woo-suk, the daughter of LG coach Lee Jong-beom, and the younger brother of Kiwoom Lee Jung-hoo, reported on SNS after the gold medal match on the 7th. Ko Woo-suk happily finished the Asian Games with two good news a day. The national baseball team returns to Korea around 6 p.m. on the 8th and returns to its team to play the KBO League schedule.