Spring camp has been going for almost a month. However, the two men’s mouths are heavy.
It is practically impossible for all KBO League players participating in the spring camp to communicate with fans and consumers through media or social media. That’s why the media and clubs select them. If you’re a player that fans want to hear from, it’s only right that they open their mouths. This is because the owners of the KBO league are fans and consumers.
There are two players who I want to hear the most about this off-season, but I can’t. They are SSG Choo Shin-soo (41), who became the oldest in the KBO League, and NC Park Seok-min (38). Both had strong issues. Fans want to hear their stories, but the two are silently focusing on preparing for the 2023 season.
First of all, Shin-soo Choo appeared on a Korean radio show in Dallas during the Lunar New Year holiday in January and was hit hard with remarks he made. He said that he could not understand why Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom) was not selected for the WBC national team. In particular, he was criticized for remarks that were not considerate of the victims regarding the issue of ‘academic violence’. He has already made remarks that are far from reality about the baseball team, which was selected after careful consideration of both grades and generational change, and criticized the baseball seniors as not being like seniors, damaging the sincerity of baseball seniors who are silently sweating in the dark.
In this regard, most believe that Choo Shin-soo needs to explain something or prepare a place to apologize. However, Choo Shin-soo has been silent for over a month. A large group of reporters went to SSG’s camp in Florida, USA, but the situation did not change. Does Choo Shin-soo know that even the SSG people are tired from this incident?
After finishing the Florida camp, SSG temporarily returns to Korea on the 26th and then moves on to Okinawa, Japan. The most powerful issue is whether Choo Shin-soo will speak at the airport or in Okinawa. Choo Shin-soo’s silence on this situation is absolutely golden.
Park Seok-min’s situation is a bit different. He still has a view of criticizing mistakes, but also a view of understanding silence. For the past two years, he has not been able to play properly due to a violation of the Corona 19 quarantine rules, discipline due to the drinking wave, and a glass injury. However, as the NC line-up has weakened for one reason or another, he is 38 years old this season and is in a position to become a full-time third baseman. 스포츠토토
This season, Park Seok-min’s salary was cut by a whopping 94%. The FA 2+1 year contract of 3.4 billion won ended, and the annual salary of 700 million won to 650 million won fell away. Aiming for a comeback with only 50 million won. He went on a strict diet from personal training in the Philippines, and sweats every day at NC’s Tucson Spring Camp.
Park Seok-min is different from Choo Shin-soo, who completely ignores fans and reporters. Even at the departure hall of Incheon International Airport, “What can I say? I’ll do my best,” and left the country, and politely asked for understanding from the reporters who visited the Tucson camp and other reporters every day. Because Park Seok-min admits his mistakes and reflects on his mistakes, he intends to stand in front of the fans after showing through baseball this year. His position is different from Choo Shin-soo, whose will to explain or apologize is unclear.
When will the two of them talk honestly in front of their fans? Fans will have to wait a little longer.