Choi Byung-dae (28-KT WIZ) smiles as he recalls KT’s ‘history of overcoming’ in the 2023 Korean Baseball Organization (KBO).
KT, which was ranked 10th through June 5 of this year’s regular season, finished the regular season in second place and went directly to the playoffs (PO).
In the best-of-three best-of-five PO, KT dropped games one and two to the NC Dinos, but won games three through five to advance to the Korean Series (KS).
In the KS against the LG Twins, KT won Game 1 and lost Games 2 through 4 to take the series 3-1.
“It feels good to think back to the regular season and the PO,” said Choi, who met with the team at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 13th for Game 5 of the KS, “I think we have the ‘overcoming DNA’ in our team. If we win the KS, we will write another history.”
“We were at the bottom of the regular season and made it all the way to KS,” said Choi, adding, “Before the third game of the POs, the seniors told us, ‘It’s really good that we made it this far. Don’t feel any pressure, but let’s put everything into the game’. And here we are,” he said proudly.
“Even when we won in 2021, we said, ‘The sky is the limit. Let’s do the best we can,’” he said, adding, “We’re playing this KS with the same mindset.”
KT trails the best-of-three series 1-3, but Choi has been hot at the plate, going 5-for-11 (.455 batting average) with six walks and two RBIs.
As LG has avoided going toe-to-toe with Choi, his on-base percentage has soared to a whopping 0.647.
“Honestly, I feel good hitting. I’m also proud that the LG battery seems to be picky about me,” he said, adding, “What matters now is the team’s victory. I will continue to play today with only the team’s victory in mind.” 무료슬롯게임