Sometimes the joy of one win feels especially greater than other days. For Kiwoom Kim Hye-sung, the match against Gocheok Lotte on the 9th may have been such a day. At the end of the interview, Kim Hye-sung’s voice became brighter than before when he said, “Isn’t there anything left to go up now?”
Kiwoom Heroes chose reality before the end of July. He sent Choi Won-tae to LG and brought promising players 꽁머니지급 Lee Ju-hyung and Kim Dong-kyu. On the surface, he said it was not a abandonment of the season, but it was a difficult explanation to accept. Coincidentally, Choi Won-tae was dropped in nine games from the 29th to the 8th of last month when he moved the team. The ranking is 10th and 9th, ahead of the lead. Now, we have to worry about falling in last place.
The match against Lotte on the 9th was more desperate than other games. Nine consecutive losses are the longest losing tie since the Heroes were founded. It would have been a new record if he gave up this game. Kiwoom cheered up from the crisis of a new record in disgrace. He scored 10 points against Lotte to shake off the last-minute chase and win 10-8. Kim Hye-sung led the designated hitter with a sore leg and led the victory with three hits in three at-bats.
Before the game, coach Hong Won-ki explained that he put Kim Hye-sung as a designated hitter while trying to exclude him from the starting lineup. Kim Hye-sung’s willingness to play was strong, and Kim Hye-sung was essential to get out of the losing streak. Kim Hye-sung said, “I want to play as long as I don’t break my leg.” “If you’re not going to be out of the first division, you have to play,” he said adding, “It’s uncomfortable, but I played because I couldn’t play at all.”
As for his feelings during the nine-game losing streak, he honestly confessed, “I was upset.” He said, “It was upsetting to hear about the longest losing streak. But I’m going to cut it off before it gets longer and think it’s good, and I’m going to think only good things about it.”
As Lee Jung-hoo was excluded from ankle surgery, Kim Hye-sung’s share of Kiwoom’s power increased. Still, Kim Hye-sung said, “I’m not a leader, but a member of the team.” “(Other players) don’t rely on me.” We talk a lot about becoming one and working hard. “I’m playing every day with that in mind,” he said.
As for his attempt to return to shortstop, he admitted his situation coolly. Kim Hye-sung said, “The shortstop was cut off while doing it,” adding, “I wanted to go and do well, but I kept making mistakes.” He was fired because he didn’t help the team as a shortstop. I said I wanted to do it and the director let me out. But it happened because I couldn’t do it,” he said.
Kim Hye-sung’s voice, which had been talking calmly, became brighter at the end of the interview. He said, “I think all I have to do is go up now. Players also talk a lot about breaking their losing streak and going up, but today seems to be the start. “I hope I can do well using today as an opportunity to turn around,” he said.