“The year 2023 is like a dream,” said Yoon Dong-hee (20), an outfielder of the Lotte Giants in the professional baseball league. His leap to the starting lineup, selection of the national team and winning the gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games… I met Yoon Dong-hee, who made things that I could not have dreamed of a year ago, at a cafe in Seoul recently.헤라카지노
Yoon Dong-hee is a surprise star produced by professional baseball this season. He was one of the ordinary rookies when he debuted last year, but took advantage of injuries to his key players in May to become a starting player. He also garnered trust from national team coach Ryu Joong-il with his sophisticated bat and stable defense, and played in the Hangzhou Asian Games and the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC). In particular, he was loved by fans of many clubs as well as Lotte, hitting critical timely hits in every important match.
Yoon Dong-hee said, “Thankfully, a lot of fans are cheering for us. There are a lot of people who recognize us while walking on the street,” smiling, “Actually, things that I couldn’t even imagine a year ago. In a way, I feel that the word ‘happy phone’ is not enough.”
Yoon Dong-hee came up with the idiom “Due to blessing in disguise” because he failed to apply for the Korean Armed Forces Sports Unit (Sangmu). In December last year, Yoon submitted an application to join the military with Jo Se-jin and Han Tae-yang, who were in the same team, but failed to pass the military service by himself. Sangmu elevates Yoon’s career in the professional league, but he failed to get many points as he played only four games last year. “Of course, I felt bad when I heard the news that he was eliminated from the military service,” Yoon said. “I still have many days to play as a player, so I didn’t hesitate to play. I prepared for this season even more.”
Yoon Dong-hee and reporter Song Bong-geun met at Sajik Stadium in Busan in August
In fact, Yoon began to pursue athletic career through futsal. However, as a soccer coach at another school persuaded Yoon’s parents to “trust me and let me play baseball,” he changed his course of life.
Yoon Dong-hee said, “My father wanted to play baseball when I was young. However, I gave up that path because my family couldn’t follow me, and now I am replacing my regret with the Industrial League,” adding, “I naturally experienced baseball along with my father. My coach persuaded my parents and I told him that I would try baseball. I can’t forget my father’s face when he was smiling.”
Since then, his father has become his son’s second and youngest supporter. He has helped his son grow up as a friend who sometimes works out together every morning and sometimes as a coach who strengthens his son’s skills. “When the bat didn’t hit me, my father threw me a shuttlecock or a ping-pong ball. I trained hard with my father believing that hitting a small ball would make it easier for me to hit a big ball,” Yoon said. Perhaps that’s why his son still wears his social baseball uniform number 91.
Next season, Yoon Dong-hee will meet another father. It is Kim Tae-hyung who led the Doosan Bears in their golden age. Kim, who led the Doosan Bears in their golden age, is famous for teaching players with his charismatic leadership. “When I was young, when I was not satisfied with myself, I used to treat myself harshly. In that sense, I have high expectations to meet someone like Kim Tae-hyung. I think he has a lot to learn from his strong charisma,” Yoon stressed.