“It’s more unfortunate because I thought he was a baseball player like us.”
Korea won a 22-2 cold game victory against China in Group B in the first round of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) final held at the 안전놀이터Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo on the 13th. With this, Korea recorded a record of 2 wins and 2 losses, and failed to advance to the quarterfinals. Following 2013 and 2017, he suffered the pain of being eliminated in the first round of the WBC 3 times in a row.
Kim Hyun-soo, who met in the joint coverage area (Mixed Zone) after the game, said, “All the players prepared well, but it’s unfortunate that they couldn’t show their skills. You matched it really well.”
Even after the tournament, Kim Hyun-soo suggested his retirement by saying the word ‘last’. He continued, “Every time I was selected for the national team, it was good because I had good results, but there was a lot of pressure. I spent a lot of time with the players and I think better players than me can be selected. Younger players will do better. I think it’s time to come down.”
When asked about the most memorable moment in the national team, Kim Hyun-soo said, “I remember last year and this year the most. When I came as the youngest, I played baseball without thinking, but now I feel the pressure is great.” I’m very sorry that I couldn’t do it. I should have created an atmosphere where I could relax, but it’s a pity that I couldn’t,” recalling painful memories.
Kim Hyun-soo took the captaincy in this tournament as well, but the results did not follow. Kim Hyun-soo said, “I was the captain, but I think I was lacking. Because of my lack, I couldn’t lead the players well and didn’t get good results. Still, I thank my juniors for doing their best.”
Next, Kim Hyun-soo talked about ‘burden’. He said, “I think the biggest challenge is for the players to shake off the pressure. The players did their best, but there was a sense of pressure that they couldn’t win the game. It’s important to create an environment where the players can enjoy themselves. It seems that the players are also very nervous.”
As a result, Korea was again unable to advance to the quarterfinals. Kim Hyun-soo said, “My heart hurts a lot. I worked really hard not to hear that we came to play.” I’m sorry,” he said.
As Korea suffered a slump at the WBC, some baseball seniors spat out vicious words in a strong tone. Kim Hyun-soo conveyed his conviction. “I heard a lot of words of consolation from seniors who came to the national team a lot, but it’s a pity that there were many people who didn’t, and they seemed to think it was easy. It’s more regrettable because I thought they were baseball players like us.”