Choi Ji-man (32, Pittsburgh Pirates) showed his earnest heart toward the Taegeuk mark and left the country.
Choi Ji-man left for the United States via Incheon International Airport on the 8th. Prior to his departure, he announced his determination to participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
Choi Ji-man, who met with reporters before departure, explained the reason for leaving the country earlier than usual, saying, “Since there is WBC and I had surgery, I quickly set up this schedule to get myself in good weather as much as possible.”
It is a situation where you have to build your body faster than usual to prepare for a fresh start in Pittsburgh and possibly participate in the WBC.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) held a press conference to announce the entry for the WBC national team at the Baseball Hall in Dogok-dong, Seoul on the afternoon of the 4th and announced the final 30 entries for the WBC scheduled to be held in March next year.
For the first time in his life, Choi Ji-man was named among the eight infielders along with Choi Jeong (SSG), Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom), Oh Ji-hwan (LG), Park Byung-ho (KT), Kang Baek-ho (KT), Kim Ha-seong (San Diego), and Tommy Edman (St. Louis). I got to wear the Taegeuk mark. 메이저놀이터
However, the club’s permission has not yet been granted. Heading to the United States, he needs to prepare to join the new team camp and get permission to participate in the WBC.
Choi Ji-man said, “I really want to go (to the WBC). But the team hasn’t decided yet. He continues to appeal to the team. The team will check your physical condition first. I am waiting for now,” he said.
He continued, “I was hungry because I had never worn the Taegeuk mark. He has already been playing with Korean players for over 13 years. So he had so many thoughts that he really wanted to do it. In the past, there were many things like the Premier League, the Olympics, and the WBC. But it was a pity that he couldn’t jump. I had a strong desire to go,” he added.
Choi Ji-man also has the experience of playing 29 games in the big league postseason. It can be of great help to Lee Kang-cheol.