“Thank you to director Lee Seung-yeop for trusting me until episode 5”
(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Han Nam-jik = Like a ‘time slip movie’, the phrase ‘Hustle Play Award Pitcher Jang Won-joon, Batter Yang Eui-ji’ shined brightly on the electronic board at Jamsil Baseball Stadium.
From 2015 to May 2018, it was a common phrase.
However, in 2023, it made me feel overwhelming emotions.
In fact, it became a hot topic just by Jang Won-jun (37) and Yang Eui-ji (35, Doosan Bears) forming a battery.
The veteran battery also added a thrilling 1 win.
On the 23rd, Jang Won-jun started in the home game against Samsung Lions, a professional baseball game held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings.
With Doosan winning 7-5, Jang Won-joon won a victory after 1,844 days since the match against the LG Twins in Jamsil on May 5, 2018.
As Jang Won-Jun’s victory clock, which had stopped at 129 wins, turned around again, Jang Won-Jun stepped on the 130-win mark for the 11th time in KBO league history.
Yang Eui-ji, who received the ball five years ago when Jang Won-jun won his 129th win, formed a battery with Jang Won-jun on this day as well.
Yang Eui-ji, who obtained free agent qualification after the 2018 season and transferred to the NC Dinos, returned to Doosan this year.
Before Yang Eui-ji left for NC, Jang Won-joon, who reigned as an ace representing Doosan as well as the KBO league, could not add a single win until Yang Eui-ji returned.
Jang Won-jun and Yang Eui-ji met again as a battery.The result of the reunion was a happy ending.
After the match, Yang Eui-ji smiled brighter than Jang Won-jun, saying, “It’s good to be caught in a ‘two-shot’ with Won-joon hyung after a long time. It seems like it’s back to the past.”
Yang Eui-ji said, “It’s been a while since Won-Jun and Won-Jun formed a battery, so I couldn’t remember Won-Jun’s pattern at the beginning of the game. In the second inning, I didn’t even get a sign. In the end, I gave 4 points in that inning.” Mixing well and using two-seam fastballs, we blocked up to the 5th inning without allowing any additional runs. The starting pitcher threw 5 innings and the team won, so it’s a really good result.”
He also expressed his gratitude to manager Lee Seung-yeop, who believed in Jang Won-joon and entrusted him with up to the 5th episode.
Yang Eui-ji said, “During the game, the coach asked, ‘How is Jang Won-joon?’, and he replied, ‘It looks okay to me.’ Thanks to that, Won-Jun hyung will be able to prepare for his next appearance in a better mood. Thank you to the coach.”
Jang Won-joon placed makgeolli in the locker room before starting the game.He opened his stopper slightly to receive ‘ki’.
All Doosan players, including Yang Eui-ji, wished Jang Won-joon to achieve 130 wins.
Yang Eui-ji joked, “It smells a little like makgeolli, but I endured it because I wanted Won-jun to do well,” and said, “I really liked Won-joon’s ball today. I want to play with Won-joon in the first team for a long time.” .