The fact that Korean baseball is in crisis is best understood by the players on the field. We also know that the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March, should be a turning point for baseball revival. It is for this reason that each of the 30 Taegeuk warriors who compete in the WBC, where the world’s best players gather, is determined to win. Sports Seoul listened to what kind of resolution the 30 Taegeuk warriors prepare for the WBC. <Editor’s Note>
[Sports Seoul | [Reporter Kim Dong-young] “I regret the Tokyo Olympics, I will definitely wash it.”
Won Tae-in (23), the ‘Prince of Samsung’, is sweating in the United States. Make up your mind and prepare for 2023. The slope also broke. In 2023 he was selected for the WBC squad. “I am very happy,” he said. “This time it is different,” he insisted.
Won Tae-in is currently training in Florida, USA. He boarded the plane on December 30 last year with Koh Young-pyo and So-young Joon (above KT). He is staying at the home of Audrey Samer Despaine, who played for KT, and is building up his body.
Won Tae-in, who contacted Sports Seoul, said, “Isn’t the WBC really the biggest tournament in which the best players compete? Overseas players also joined, and the best players in Korea were selected, and I was included. I’m really happy. I feel proud,” he said.
He continued, “He honestly thought that he would not be able to be selected. I have to say he was breathtaking. But he was selected. (The late) Young-pyo hyung and Hyung-joon, who are training together, were also selected. At the time of the announcement, we were asleep, but we woke up and heard the news, and we really liked it. All three said, ‘Let’s do really well. Let’s try it,” he said with a laugh.
The resolution is great. There is a reason. This is because he left a regret at the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021. He appeared in four games and pitched 5.1 innings, sluggish with an earned run average of 8.44. There were expectations that he would become the national right-handed ace, but he lost face.
Won Tae-in said, “I was really bad in Tokyo. The national team is a place where no excuses can be made, and no excuses can be made. This time, I intend to grit it. Since it is a competition held before the season, the strength is sufficient. I will do my best to compete in the competition with all my might.”
Current condition is also good. “I started playing catch early and even came to the United States. Building his body quickly is not unusual. I was a player who had to constantly compete for selection, so I prepared for the season quickly. I have no worries about my physical condition,” he explained.
메이저놀이터 The team I want to compete with the most is, of course, Japan. “It’s probably a Korea-Japan war. Big leaguers, including Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), also appear. I have Olympic experience, but the WBC is a competition with better players. I don’t know if I will be on the mound for the game against Japan yet, but when I go up (on the mound), I really want to catch hitters. I will definitely catch it.”