team was disappointing, but Lee Jung-hoo proved himself once again. He didn't flinch against some of the best pitchers in the world, and he showed his prowess to the major leagues that coveted him.
Jeon Young-min is a reporter.
The last game between Korea and Japan, when
Korean baseball was in despair, was also a "test for the big leagues" for Lee Jung-hoo.
Against some of the strongest pitchers I've ever met in my baseball life, I passed the test brilliantly.
Darvish, a pitcher with 95 career wins in the big leagues, hit a 153 km/h direct ball to the side of his body for a one-RBI double, and connected on Japan's top left-handed starter Imanaga's 1 km/h fastball to second base.
It completely allayed some concerns that its ability to deal with "major league-level fastballs" over 152 km/h has not been tested.
[It's a beautiful, really smooth swing.]
Applying his simplified swing to practice last winter, he had only one strikeout in sixteen at-bats in four games and posted an excellent 2-150-4 batting average, but there was regret on Lee's face when he finished his first WBC appearance too early.
[Lee Jung-hoo/WBC team outfielder: I don't know when my baseball life will end, but until then, I think I'll keep thinking about (the loss in Korea-Japan match). I have some resentment, and I'm thinking, 'What is this?']
Lee, who exchanged bats with Japanese pinch hitter Yoshida who joined Major League Baseball Boston and vowed to meet soon, promised to use his current pain as a source of nourishment for his development.
[Lee Jung-hoo/WBC team outfielder: I don't get frustrated because I think it was a tournament where we could feel that our skills were still low, and we will prepare now.]
(Video Interview: Jang Un-seok and Yoon Hyung, Video Editing: So Ji-hye)
'Passing Mark' Lee Jung-hu "I will not be frustrated and will improve further"
The national team was disappointing, but Lee Jung-hoo proved himself once again. He didn't flinch against some of the best pitchers in the world, and he showed his prowess to the major leagues that coveted him.