From the standpoint of a third party, he poured out his determination as an ‘awakened citizen’. However, if you look at it, you can only hear that it is based on the consciousness of the chosen people. Choo Shin-soo (41, SSG)’s remarks can only be seen as a criticism of the still uncool public sentiment.
A word from Shin-soo Choo makes the baseball world go wild. On the 21st, Choo Shin-soo appeared on ‘DKNET’, a Korean radio broadcast in Dallas, Texas, USA, and spoke out about the selection of the Korean team for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March.
He said, “In the case of Japan, there are many new faces in international competitions.” Of course, they are players who have enough skills to compete,” he said.
“In my experience, there are many good young players. When you participate in international competitions such as the WBC from a young age, the feelings and mind itself change. For example, Moon Dong-ju (Hanwha) is said to be lacking in control, but he doesn’t have that much pitching ability. The same goes for Ahn Woo-jin. It is the job of Korean baseball to create opportunities for such players to compete in international competitions,” he raised his voice.
He also expressed his conviction about Ahn Woo-jin, who was the best pitcher in the league with 15 wins and 8 losses and an ERA of 2.11 in 30 games (196 innings), but was not selected for the WBC team due to past school violence issues.
“Ahn Woo-jin obviously did something wrong,” he said, “but it’s a pity to see only what he hears and sees as a third person. In a way, he is a player who can become the next best player after Park Chan-ho. He plays baseball in Korea, but there are so many things that don’t make sense. He made mistakes as a child, but now has remorse and has been suspended. Even so, he can’t go to the national team. There are so many things to say,” he insisted, that he should have chosen Ahn Woo-jin as the national representative.
Then, he said, “It seems that it is not easy to forgive (Korea) rather than to protect An Woo-jin.” Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you’re a senior. If there is a junior who is being treated unreasonably like this, he thinks he should take off his feet. But nobody steps out. If my juniors are exercising in the wrong place, I should try to change them, but I just watch them. It’s a pity,” he said, claiming that baseball seniors should have stepped up for An Woo-jin.
After returning to the KBO League stage ahead of the 2021 season, Choo Shin-soo revealed his convictions in relation to the Korean baseball world. In particular, criticism related to the stadium infrastructure showed off its positive influence as it returned to immediate feedback of away dugout remodeling.
However, it was overlooked that his convictions and statements of determination could sometimes be seen as a sense of the chosen people. The sentiment of the people and baseball fans is not ‘cool’ enough to accept and accept Choo Shin-soo’s remarks. 온라인카지노
Above all, Choo Shin-soo’s remarks and thoughts are already concerns that KBO and baseball officials have had countless times throughout the year even before the WBC team draft was drawn. KBO officials, including national coach Lee Kang-cheol, listened to opinions on whether An Woo-jin was selected and whether there was a generational change, and the result was the WBC national team.
The comfortable voice of “I think I would have looked at the future rather than the immediate results” is something only a third party in a position like Choo Shin-soo can make. International competitions such as the WBC require the best players to step up and achieve results. After failing to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year, has the voice of criticism toward the baseball world been forgotten?
Aside from Ahn Woo-jin, Moon Dong-ju made his debut last year. He easily threw a fastball in the mid-150 km range, but recorded an average ERA of 5.65 with 1 win and 3 losses in 13 games (4 starts) last year. Is it reasonable to give a chance to the national team to a second-year pitcher who has not yet proven anything?
Most of all, young pitchers who were active in the league were selected, such as Park Se-woong (28), Koo Chang-mo (26), Ko Woo-seok (25), Gwak Bin, Jung Woo-young, Jeong Cheol-won (24), Kim Yun-sik, Won Tae-in (23), So-jun So (22), and Lee Eui-ri (21). Although it is not a contest with benefits from military service, this WBC can be seen as a tournament that includes the meaning of generational change as well as the formation of the most elite forces.
In the case of Ahn Woo-jin, as Choo Shin-soo said, he was able to be selected for the national team. Ahn Woo-jin’s punishment for school violence is a discipline imposed by the Korea Baseball Softball Association (KBSA) and applies only to the KBSA-sponsored national team, such as the Olympics and Asian Games. The KBO-led national team and the discipline have nothing to do with it.
However, not everyone forgave An Woo-jin. There is no issue more sensitive in Korea than school violence. Choo Shin-soo may have forgiven, but not all victims have forgiven Ahn Woo-jin. Choo Shin-soo said, “I have a lot to say,” but as much as he called himself a “third party,” the third party is a matter that should not be said anymore. Choo Shin-soo shyly expressed his opinion in the name of a senior on the careful issue that Ahn Woo-jin and the victim had to solve.
Korea is a country where the ‘National Sentiment Act’ is as important as legal judgments. However, there are reasonable reasons and grounds for ‘national sentiment’. Choo Shin-soo’s remarks did not take into account ‘national sentiment’. Above all, it can be seen as a criticism of the national sentiment and the baseball world, which was not cool as a ‘third party’ despite Choo Shin-soo’s own drunk driving history and controversy over national team selection. The impact of Shin-soo Choo’s remarks is not expected to fade for the time being.