What if you played baseball knowing that this year would be the last?
Reporter Lee Myung-no met with 3rd-generation Korean-Japanese Ahn Kwon-soo, who was even mentioned as the possibility of being selected for the Asian Games team due to his amazing performance in what might be his last season.
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Ahn Kwon-soo is a Korean-Japanese born and raised in Japan. According to the Military Service Act, after this year, he must either return to Japan where his family is located or enlist for military service.
So he thought of this year as his last season and changed from Doosan to Lotte uniforms.
“(When I was released from Doosan) I thought, ‘I have to retire’. Since I’m playing baseball thanks to Lotte, the only thought I have메이저놀이터 is ‘I have to work really hard for Lotte to win’.”
I was only faithful to the game day by day, but as the outstanding performance continued, the selection of the national team came to the point of being discussed.
Ahn Kwon-soo, who is 30 years old but has been in his 4th year as a pro, is a target for selection in the Asian Games.
In the course of his communication, he kept his words to avoid controversy, but rather misunderstood. Although he is still cautious, his desire to continue playing baseball is clear.
“(Asian Games) No comment. I just have to work hard every day now, so I have no thoughts about the future. I hope I can continue playing baseball. For now, I won’t think about the future…” It’s been three years since I’ve been away from my family
No regrets about any decision.
“It’s a bit lacking. (Hits) I want to hit a lot. Now, since I play every day (coming to Korea to play baseball), I think it was a good choice. When I was lonely, I was encouraged by watching videos of babies.”
Ahn Kwon-soo says that the increasing number of hits every day sometimes adds meaning to a team’s victory.
Right now, we are only looking at winning Lotte.
“I won the championship. Everyone said it would be nice to go to fall baseball, but I’m even watching the championship. I will work hard every day so that I can play fall baseball. Please support me a lot. Thank you.”
This is MBC News Lee Myung-no.