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This is the number that Sanghoon Lee, the commentator of "Wild Horse," wore when he was active. For a while, no player has approached prematurely because of its symbolism. Bong Jung-geun wrote it in 2007 and 2008, and Lee Hyung-jong wore it for one season in 2009 when he was a pitcher. Catcher Cho Yoon-joon wrote from 2012 to 2015 and later reclaimed 47 times when coach Sanghoon Lee returned to LG.
As coach Sanghoon Lee left LG, No. 47 became vacant again. The owner hasn't shown up for four years, just like a temporary number. However, Kim Yun-sik stepped up on his own. In February, he said in a YouTube video of the club, "I asked the general manager to give me number 47 during the middle and second half of the season (2022). Sanghoon Lee I went to my former coach and asked if I could hang it and got permission. I've wanted to wear it since I joined the team," he said.
In fact, this was a time when Kim Yun-sik's stock price was rising. Thanks to his impressive performance in the second half of 2022. Kim Yun-sik became a completely different pitcher when he opened his eyes to the game management as a starting pitcher in the second half of last year. The ERA in the last seven games was only 0.85. It is the league's first-place record since August 20.
In the playoffs, although he did not win, he showed good pitching that he did not fall behind Kiwoom Ahn Woo-jin, the MVP candidate and the winner of the Golden Glove category.
Kim Yun-sik allowed three hits, no four outs, three strikeouts and one run in five ⅔ innings in Game 3 of the playoffs at Gocheok Sky Dome on October 27. Ahn Woo-jin allowed six hits, one walk, five strikeouts and two runs in six innings. Kiwoom was considered to be a big lead in the starting matchup, and the result was LG's 6-7 loss, but LG was able to hope at least while Kim Yun-sik was guarding the mound.
His performance in the second half of the year and good pitching in the postseason made Kim Yun-sik a member of the WBC (World Baseball Classic) national team. However, as I tried to prepare for the first international competition, which was held just before the opening, I couldn't properly raise my condition. WBC made Kim Yoon-sik look like a "pitcher who can't even throw strikes."
I couldn't prepare for the season properly because I got the first button wrong. Kim Yoon-sik joined the opening starting rotation but was excluded from the first division with only three wins, four losses and a 5.29 ERA in 11 games until June. It is based on the judgment that the body needs to be rebuilt.
Kim Yoon-sik said, "As I set the schedule (for body building) for the WBC game, I couldn't do what I usually do, so I couldn't train properly. It wasn't easy to build a body. If I went back and trained with time, I wonder what it would have been like to do the summer camp I did in the summer right after returning home. I don't want to make an excuse, but if I get picked again later, I want to do better based on this experience. It was a good experience," he said.
In addition, LG's rotation changed significantly while Kim Yun-sik entered the "Summer Camp." Choi Won-tae wore an LG uniform in a trade, and Lee Jung-yong succeeded in converting to the position. Head coach Yeom Kyung-yeop heard the whip saying that there may be no seats for Kim Yoon-sik and Lee Min-ho even during the entry expansion period.
Kim Yoon-sik failed to reproduce his stellar pitching in the second half of last year even after his return in September. He won three games with a 1.93 ERA in five games in September, but never had a quality start.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop mentioned Kim Yoon-sik as a strong starting card ahead of the Korean Series, but he was not easily convinced. This is because Lee Jung-yong kept his rotation by repeating quality starts even when Flutko left the team due to injury.
However, manager Yeom Kyung-yeop chose Kim Yoon-sik after much consideration. To be precise, Lee Jung-yong's use was more diverse, limiting Kim Yun-sik's chances to take the mound to one start in Game 4. After the second game on the 8th, I even thought of replacing Casey Kelly as a starter in the fourth game in order not to be driven to the brink if I gave up the third game on the 10th.
Thanks to LG's ridiculous come-from-behind victory in Game 3 on the 10th, Kim Yoon-sik became the starter for Game 4. Kim Yun-sik, who had only one chance to make up for it, returned to the "big game feature." In the coldness that he had never experienced before and the pressure to keep the series lead, he blocked five ⅔ innings with just one run and became a winning pitcher. This is LG's first start in the Korean Series.
Kim Yoon-sik said, "I thought I was going to throw it today. Even if it doesn't work, we can show them a game or two in the middle. I was greedy, but I wasn't conscious. The goal was to show it in a given place, he said. "I won yesterday, so I was able to go out comfortably."
He also recalled Lim Chan-kyu, who helped him who was struggling because he could not find a sense of change-up and curve, adding, "I felt comfortable because Chan-kyu (who was a starter in Game 3) threw well." Lim Chan-kyu, a preliminary FA, gave advice to Kim Yun-sik while he was busy preparing to take the mound in Game 3. Kim Yun-sik said, "I personally want to do it together, and I think senior is also a necessary player for the team. Thanks to Chankyu, I learned a lot and grew up. I learned many things outside of baseball. Thank you," he said.
Kim Yoon-sik said, "This season has been very difficult. He was ill-settled and suffered from injuries. I even noticed that it wasn't a hint. Even if it's the last time, it seems to be comforting by repaying expectations when the team needs a victory. It's a very disappointing season, but I think it helped in one part. I think I did a good job," he said.
Meanwhile, LG defeated kt 15-4 in Game 4 and had a total of 3 wins and 1 loss in the series, leaving only one win to win the overall championship for the first time in 29 years. Game 5 will be held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 13th.
Saturday, November 11, 2023