“I watched it for four hours without washing up.”
The match between Mulgeumgo 스포츠토토 and Chungam High School was held at Mokdong Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 20th. Mulgo was dragged 1-11, giving up 11 points in the top of the third inning alone. a losing game. At this rate, we could have seen a cold game defeat in the fifth inning.
But then a miracle happened. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Mulgeumgo, who chased with seven points, overturned the score by adding five points after losing a point in the fifth inning. Since then, Mulgeumgo has advanced to the quarterfinals by adding one point in the bottom of the eighth inning and writing a 14-12 reversal drama.
A game that everyone was surprised at. There was a person who watched this unscripted drama for four hours on the Internet. It was Kim Young-woong, a senior in the water vault. Kim Young-woong, who joined the Samsung Lions in 2022, is the first professional designated player of the Korea Securities Finance Corporation, which was founded in 2015. Even after joining the pro league, he continued to look for his alma mater’s games and keep in touch with his juniors.
It was the same on this day. Kim Young-woong postponed his shower to watch his juniors’ games even when he was sweating after training. I sat there for four hours and watched with bated breath. In a telephone interview with this magazine, Kim Young-woong looked back on his juniors’ reversal dramas, saying, “I got goosebumps.”
Currently, the main players of the safe were freshmen when Kim Young-woong was the main infielder in the safe. Kim Young-woong, who listed the names of his junior players, said, “(Gong) Min-seo, (Gong) Seung-hyun, (Kang) Do-kyung, etc…” and added, “All of the juniors are persistent and energetic players. “I thought I would turn it over even if it was 10 points, but I was really proud to see you turn it over and win,” he said. Rumor has it that he contacted the players after the game and sent them pocket money.
The water safe did not stop here, but beat prestigious Chungam High School in the quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals. The Korea Securities Finance Corporation, which failed to win due to rain suspension in the match on the 22nd, added four points in the match that continued on the 24th to win 11-9. It was the first major tournament in 2015 to advance to the semifinals.
Kim Young-woong said, “My goal was to reach the quarterfinals when I was in the water safe, but I’m proud to go to the semifinals like this. “I always said ‘water safe is the best’ when I was with Samsung team members, but now I think I can say it more confidently,” he said with a smile. He cheered for his juniors, saying, “If you do it twice more, you’ll win, but I hope you won’t be satisfied with the semifinals and try to win.”
Kim Young-woong was also greatly stimulated by the turmoil of his juniors. Kim Young-woong said, “I learned a lot from my juniors. “Seeing the juniors who don’t give up, I decided to work hard again,” he said.
Currently, Kim Young-woong is currently in rehabilitation due to a minor injury. He is recovering from injury due to pain in the front of his thigh. Looking back on the first half, Kim Young-woong said, “There were many shortcomings, but it was the first half of the year when I learned and grew little by little. In the second half, I want to supplement it a little more and show more confidence,” he said.