Kang Baek-ho, who was under fire at every international competition, including the Tokyo Olympics “Gum Controversy” and the World Baseball Classic (WBC) “Ceremony Jurusa,” confirmed his gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games and shed tears. 안전놀이터
The national baseball team, led by head coach Ryu Joong-il, won 2-0 in the Asian Games final at the first pitch of the Saoxing Baseball and Softball Sports Center in China on the 7th.
Kang Baek-ho confessed in an interview after the game, “When I came to the national team, my performance was bad and I didn’t show my good performance well, so I was afraid every time I came to the national team.”
“But so many people cheered for me,” he said, choking back tears and saying, “I think it was a very happy day. Thank you,” he said.
He said, “I’ve had severe panic disorder for four months this season, and I’m happy to have such a good result.”
Kang Baek-ho also met the reporters and said, “I was sorry that the national team did not show many good results. I think I was able to hold the same result only in this dream because other players did well, he said. “It really feels like a dream.”
Kang Baek-ho praised his juniors, saying, “The atmosphere was not good when I lost the first time (against Taiwan), but I think it was because the players did not give up and worked together until the end,” adding, “Korea’s pride Moon Dong-ju threw well, and at the end of the ninth inning, I was trusting the best closer (Ko Woo-suk).”
“I’ve been a little scared every time I came to the national team because I haven’t been able to show a lot of good performances (so far), and I think it was the hardest time of my life,” he said. “But thanks to good words from people around me, I was able to stand here again.” I’m really grateful to everyone,” he said.
At the beginning of the tournament, Kang Baek-ho’s bat was weak. He went from batting fourth to batting sixth in three group games, recording only one hit in 11 at-bats.
However, he showed a revival by hitting his first home run with the Taegeuk mark against China in the Super Round.
Previously, national team member Kang Baek-ho was mired in frequent controversy.
At the Tokyo Olympics, he was criticized by the public for chewing gum in the dugout, and at the WBC, he was at the center of criticism when his foot fell off the base and was out while performing a double and serially.