Kim Sang-soo, the man who made the Samsung Lions a household name. He joined KT Wiz in free agency.
With blue blood running through his veins, he donned a black jersey and met his old team and old fans at Daegu Lions Park. “It’s a strange feeling,” Kim said when asked by the broadcasters before the game how it felt to be in Daegu in a KT jersey.
The 26th was the first game of the season against Daegu after the transfer. In the first inning, Kim batted second, took off his helmet and turned 90 degrees to face the Samsung fans on the third base line. The Samsung fans greeted him with a generous standing ovation. Some fans held up Kim Sang-soo’s jersey, while others held up sketchbooks with the words, “Always support Sang-soo no matter where he is. Kim’s parents and other family members also came to the stadium to cheer him on, sitting in the first base bleachers instead of his usual third base seats.
The Lions dugout players also applauded. It was a heartwarming moment. Kim Sang-soo also stared at the third base bleachers and dugout for a while, with a big smile on his face and an emotional expression. It was a beautiful scene that was a little bittersweet.
The moment was short-lived as he stepped up to the plate. He was a professional.
He took a good pitch from starter Yang Chang-seop and smashed it into the right-center field gap. But his best friend, junior right fielder Koo Ja-rook, sprinted to catch the ball over his head. It was a fly ball to his best friend. After catching the ball, Gu smiled a knowing smile.
First trip to Daegu. Kim Sang-soo was the hero of the first win of the season after three straight losses for Samsung Electronics.
With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning, he battled Yang Chang-seop for eight pitches before dropping a 142-kilometer fastball in front of center field. It proved to be the game-winning hit as KT won 4-1. The Yang-Chang-seop-Kim Tae-gun battery drew attention in this at-bat by throwing 메이저놀이터 all eight pitches to Kim Sang-soo, which was unusual.
The youngest member of the Samsung dynasty was the Lions’ iconic shortstop. Even the bugs welcomed the welcome trip to Daegu.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, with the score tied 1-1 and his younger brother Koo Jae-ook at bat, shortstop Kim Sang-soo suddenly called time and gestured to the trainer. He complained of discomfort as if he had a thorn stuck in the index finger of his right hand, and the trainer came and removed the foreign object. Suddenly, he was stung by an insect. Luckily, it didn’t affect his ability to continue playing. It was an unforgettable day for Kim Sang-soo and the Daegu fans, including a rare and unusual scene.