“I thought Buchanan would get it…”.

David Buchanan (Samsung) was the real star of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO All-Star Game held at Sajik Stadium on the 15th.

He participated in the star-studded feast as a Dream All-Star coach’s pick, and he showed off his skills as a gambler. He danced with LG’s Austin Dean to Newzine’s “Howie Boy” and made a splash by dressing up as an Air Force pilot.

He moved into right field in the eighth inning in place of Koo Ja-rook in defence. He received a standing ovation when he handled Oh Ji-hwan’s hit with two outs in the eighth inning.

Buchanan came to bat in the ninth inning with runners on second and third. On the mound was reliever Ko Woo-seok. He threw six straight pitches to Buchanan, all fastballs in the 150km range.

On a 2B-2S pitch, Buchanan took a six-pitch, 150km fastball and lined it to left-centre field. The runner at third came home with time to spare. Watching from the dugout, Kang Min-ho and Jeon Jun-woo were stunned.

The Best Performance award went to Lotte’s Kim Min-seok, who danced like Jenny from Blackpink with a hairpin in her head, garnering 12 of the 24 votes from the journalists. Buchanan received just four votes.

Buchanan said, “I wish I had won, but it’s okay because I wasn’t greedy in the first place. It was good to be able to communicate with the fans a lot and have a good time. I’m going home with good memories,” he smiled.

Speaking to reporters before the game against KT in Daegu on the 21st, Samsung head coach Park Jin-man said of Buchanan’s failure to win the All-Star Game’s Best Performance Award, “Of course I thought Buchanan would win it. From the first inning to the ninth inning, he performed throughout the game. For me, he was number one.”메이저사이트

Park praised Buchanan’s sharpness with the bat. “When I saw his batting stance, it was well placed. Go Woo-seok didn’t throw it lightly either, but he hit it well.”

“When I watched the All-Star Game, I could only see Buchanan, and I thought I was going to get it, but I missed it, but he said he wasn’t greedy. I can’t seem to hide it,” he laughed.

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