KT Wiz fourth baseman Park Byung-ho has had a rough fall. His team, KT, dramatically defeated the NC Dinos in the playoffs to advance to the Korean Series, but couldn’t get over the final hurdle to win the title. After losing Game 1, they finished as runners-up in four straight games. The batting struggles of No. 4 hitter Park Byung-ho have been the most troubling factor more than anyone else. He hit a dramatic game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 3, but he came up empty in the ninth inning and the team lost the game. Lee Kang-cheol believed in the No. 4 hitter until the end, and he wanted to live up to the expectations, but the momentum never came back. KT never regained the momentum and finished as runners-up.굿모닝토토
Park Byung-ho recently participated in KT’s fan festival and apologized to the fans, saying, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry for the Korean Series result.” It’s been a while, but it’s still hard for him to come to terms with the outcome. At the KBO Awards ceremony on the 27th, Park was honored as the first first baseman to receive the award, and he said, “I’m very disappointed that we didn’t win the championship. I should have done better, but I think I missed the opportunity to help the team win the championship because of my poor performance. Time has passed, but I still don’t feel better.”
In truth, KT had a pretty magical season. After falling to the bottom of the standings early in the season, they finished the regular season in second place. It’s a drama in itself. They even had a chance to win the Korean Series, but it just wasn’t meant to be. “I still have a lot of desire to win,” Park said. “I haven’t won a championship yet, so next year I want to stand at the top with my KT teammates,” he said. “First of all, I think we need to prepare well from this winter. I will work harder to prepare for the technical parts to cope with my weaknesses,” he said.
Park also said, “I won the defense award this year, but I’m not (satisfied) because the result was not good in the end. Next year, I want to play good defense until the end and win unconditionally.” He renewed his resolve. Park Byung-ho is now in his late 30s, but he is a renowned home run hitter who regained the KBO’s home run title just a year ago. He is not deterred by his age and wants to win the competition with his juniors.
Park Byung-ho said, “I’ve been watching Noh Si-hwan grow up and thinking about him with great admiration. But it’s not just me, it’s everyone. I want to compete with such juniors, and although I am getting older, I want to compete and achieve good results,” he said, throwing down the gauntlet again. Already, he is looking forward to the start of the 2024 season.