The winner of the third match of the LG-Doosan season

Reporter Jang Hyun-gu, Hanam-jik Lee Dae-ho Hong Gyu-bin = “After winning the game, I talk to the boss for 30 minutes. If you lose, you talk about an hour. If you lose to the Doosan Bears, you talk about two hours.”여우알바

This is a scene when Cha Myung-seok, the general manager of the LG Twins in professional baseball, lost to Doosan, which he described as a joke.

LG and Doosan, rivals representing Korean professional baseball, will face off for the third time in the season at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, their common home, from the 31st to June 2nd.

Since the launch of professional baseball in 1982, there have been countless rival matches between the media and fans.

The competition between the Samsung Lions and Hyundai Unicorns, the electronic rivalry between Samsung and LG, the confectionary rivalry between Haitai Tigers and Lotte Giants, the Yeongho-nam rivalry between Samsung and Haitai, and the telecommunications rivalry between SK Wyverns and KT Wiz, has dominated green diamonds for more than 40 years.

However, no rival match has survived as long as a match between LG and Doosan, which share one roof called Jamsil Stadium.

When it comes to a rivalry, it’s a battle of pride that must be won no matter what the ranking, performance, team annual salary, or parent company’s ranking in the business world. Among the 10 teams, LG and Doosan are effectively the only ones who will face off with such determination.

The fight between Doosan and LG is a cutthroat competition that goes beyond Jamsil to bet on who is the owner of Seoul.

Doosan won four games and lost one against LG this year. Doosan won two games and lost one against LG in its first three consecutive games of the season, which were held at home from April 12-14.

Doosan then caught both games in the traditional Children’s Day series, where one game was canceled due to rain.

At that time, Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop’s “strong baseball,” which beat LG’s window with a bullpen offensive through a “quick hook” that changed the starting pitcher without delay, was talked about.

Attention is focusing on whether “defending champion” LG will fight back this time or whether Doosan, which has gained the upper hand, will continue its momentum.

Despite ample support, LG, which lost to Doosan for six consecutive seasons from 2016 to 2021, turned around to 10-6 in 2022 and overwhelmed Doosan with 11 wins and 5 losses last year.

Doosan, which recently slowed down after confronting it with its stickiness and organizational power, seems to be rebounding from this year.

Officials of the two clubs do not hide the fact that they get tired if they lose to each other.

Manager Lee Seung-yeop, a “national hitter” who vaguely thought about the game against LG to the extent of “a rival match representing Korean baseball,” completely changed his mind when he took the helm of Doosan.

“At first, I thought it was a game that attracted more attention, but as I experienced it last year, I felt the weight of the rivalry in Jamsil,” Lee said. “The atmosphere (of the team) is different in the clubhouse and the dugout, even if no one tells me clearly. This year, I said a few times that I paid more attention to the match against LG, but I know that the match against LG is so important.”

An official from the Doosan club said, “It is true that the players are focusing a little more ahead of the LG match,” adding, “Since LG won last year and we were inferior to the opponent’s record, I know that veterans said, ‘Let’s increase the winning rate against LG’ this year.”

If LG also loses to Doosan, the data analysis team will be busy immediately after the game. Cold evaluations such as why they lost and whether they were appropriate to use players are made as cold as in the short term.

Not only LG and Doosan clubs but also fans are paying keen attention to the opponent’s record and are also unsparing in criticism depending on the win or loss.

As of the 30th, Doosan ranked second and LG ranked third by 0.5 games, and Doosan ranked first (494,878) and LG ranked second (489,611) in the season’s total attendance list.

Lotte and NC Dinos’ “Nakdong River Derby” at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 31st also continued their rivalry with matchups that attracted fans from Busan, Ulsan, and Gyeongnam.

However, neither team seems to regard the opponent as a rival, so the heat is not as hot as the Doosan-LG match.

Lotte’s officially recognized rival is Samsung, the same original club, and the two teams hold a “classical series” every year in which they fight in nostalgic uniforms.

NC also said, “There is nothing special about the Lotte match,” adding, “The term ‘Nakdong River Derby’ is also used only for press releases and goods sales due to its large marketing factors.”

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