“You’ve been booed a lot by people for two years.”
Doosan Bears shortstop Kim Jae-ho (38) gritted his teeth and built himself this year. After finishing his last season, he spent time reflecting on himself for not doing his best, blaming his shoulder and back pain. After the 2021 season, Kim Jae-ho signed a free agent contract with Doosan for 3 years and 2.5 billion won. Over the past two seasons, in 191 games, he had a batting average of 0.212 (92 hits in 434 at-bats), an OPS of 0.565, 45 RBIs, and 49 points. I had to listen silently.
Kim Jae-ho accepted the booing without avoiding it. On the 6th, he met with reporters at the Blacktown Baseball Stadium in Sydney, Australia and said, “I think I thought I should save my body because my shoulder has been bad for the past two years. I thought I would have to exercise more to keep up with it, but now let’s take it lightly.
He started preparing for this season by reflecting on his complacent past and apologizing to his juniors. Kim Jae-ho said, “I was sorry while eating with my friends (juniors) after last season. Last year, I fell behind a lot, so I should have given you more bitter words and compliments for the team, but I couldn’t. I said I would take the lead and speak bitterly. I’m trying to put it into practice.”
In fact, during this spring camp, Kim Jae-ho is taking the lead in inspiring his juniors to fight. During his defensive training, he even attempted a diving catch and was covered in dirt. His fellow players and coaches are cheering for Jae-ho Kim’s comeback by saying, “Why are you working so hard?”
Ahn Jae-seok and Lee Yu-chan, who train together as shortstops, are paying more attention. Kim Jae-ho believes that a strong center line can only come back to Doosan, which boasts the best defense in the league, only when there is a clear starting shortstop in the team. From the time Kim Jae-ho played catch, he taught the two players exactly how to throw and, in effect, trained together like a coach. 안전놀이터
There was only one reason why he tied his shoelaces again like this. It’s because I want to turn the fans’ boos into cheers. Kim Jae-ho said, “In a way, my first life is baseball. Everyone wants to live a long first life. The past two years have been booed a lot, but I have a desire to leave (the ground) while receiving many cheers. (At least) I want to become a player that all Doosan fans can cheer for. I want to spend a season where I can play while receiving cheers from Doosan fans.”
The goal is always to win. During his career as a player, his goal was to wear championship rings on five fingers, but so far he has only worn three rings (champions in 2015, 2016, and 2019). If he wants to wear two more rings, he must sign a new contract after resurrecting this year.