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Lotte Giants Park Seung-wook (second left) celebrates after hitting the finish line in the second, first and third columns under the ninth column of the game against NC Dinos in the KBO 2022 League at Sajik Baseball Stadium there Busan in The. eleven. Lotto won 6-5. News from Busan / Yonhap

“Frankly, last year, although I was sad, I only came to baseball because I loved baseball. But these days, I’m coming to the baseball field to enjoy Lotte Baseball. This year, I’m sure we’ll be playing hockey!” Hak-jeon, 68, who met at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 10th when the game between Lotte Giants and NCC Dinos was played, told me, “I’m happy” every time I come to baseball every day. ), he has been buying season tickets all the time, and in his opinion, Lotte has become a “two-game structure” in his opinion. That’s why he is looking forward to his first baseball game in five years. of Lotte before the opening were not good Hankyoreh divided the ten KBO clubs into five categories: offensive force, defense, shooting, organization and leadership, and scored an average of six commentators from three five-point broadcasters each. At the time, Lotte had 3.31 points and was ninth, just ahead of the Hanwha Eagles (3.06 points). That means he was selected as the “two weakest” among 10 teams. However, Lotte is proud to be in first place this season, contrary to analysts’ expectations. In particular, the results of the team reorganization aimed at training young players reflect the results of this year. Commentator Park Yong-taek (KBSN), who predicted that Lotte could be “low” before the season began, said in a phone call to “veterans like Lee Dae-ho and guests, Lotte seems to be showing his quality.” you can do “you do”.

Lotte Giants Han Dong-hee rejoicing in the bedroom after playing alone in fifth place during the match against Samsung Lions in the KBO 2022 League held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 24th of last month.  Daegu / Yonhap News

Lotte Giants Han Dong-hee rejoicing in the bedroom after playing alone in fifth place during the match against Samsung Lions in the KBO 2022 League held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 24th of last month. Daegu / Yonhap News

The protagonist of the first storm is “Little Dae Ho” Han Dong Hee (23).. Han Dong Hee, in his fifth year of playing for the first time, has been doing well this season and demonstrating his prowess, such as being selected as MVP (Most Valuable Player) in April by the KBO League. Han Dong Hee, who played 24 games in April, was first in the batting average (0.427), first in the batting percentage (0.764), first in the base percentage (0.485), and first in the home race (7)), first in OPS. (1,249), a war striker, was first in division (2.16), second in hits (38) and second in RBI (22 points). Support is also consistent. By the 11th, the weather was so good that two of the three first-place finishers (5 wins) were Lotte players. First of all, foreign sniper Charlie Barnes (27 years old) shows good manners and quenches the thirst of foreign snipers. Barnes appeared in six games in April and played 41⅓ rows, recording the most wins (5 wins), first in strike (45), first in the battlefield unit (2.05) and second in the ERA (0.65).

Lotte Giants Park Se-woong, after a sixth goalless draw against NC Dinos in the KBO 2022 League match held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 10th, smiling and heading for the pitch.  News from Busan / Yonhap

Lotte Giants Park Se-woong, after a sixth goalless draw against NC Dinos in the KBO 2022 League match held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 10th, smiling and heading for the pitch. News from Busan / Yonhap

Park Se-woong “Ace of Glasses” also shows good manners. He ranks second in the ERA (1.21) this season, remaining 10th in the minor room. In the match against NC Dinos At the start of the fifth inning, he hit all three opponents with 9 balls, recording a history of “perfect innings” for the first time on Team Lotte. Lotte manager Larry Sutton also expressed his delight, saying, “It’s great to see Park Se-woong grow.” The fact that this season is the last spark for Lee Dae-ho (40), who is about to retire, also encourages players. Join Desire to present Dae-ho Lee’s desire to win K-TV. Because of this situation, the team’s performance was strong even though it recorded 4 consecutive blows in May. Park Se-woong emerged victorious in the 10th minute and grabbed the NC and ended the losing series, saying, “Jun-woo (formerly) has revived the position of leader and the youngsters have followed suit. I think the team is getting stronger.”

Lotte Giants Dae-ho Lee equalized the RBI of one company, the first and second bases at the end of the first half of the 2022 KBO League match against NC Dinos held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 11th. News from Busan / Yonhap

Lotte Giants Dae-ho Lee equalized the RBI of one company, the first and second bases at the end of the first half of the 2022 KBO League match against NC Dinos held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 11th. News from Busan / Yonhap

Fans admit that they feel the urge to fight like they used to in Lotte this season. Park Jae-Seung (51) said, “I think there is an environment where players say ‘sweet’ because it is Lee Dae-ho’s last season.” Fans who felt the love for the team filled Sagic Stadium for two consecutive days on the 6th and 7th, adding strength. This is the first time in three years since May 2019 that Sagic Stadium is packed with spectators. This season, Lotte’s average home attendance (9,714) is third in the league, behind SSG Landers (13,740) and LG Twins (11,284). Of course, this season Lotte is also worried. In particular, the exact pitch gap that emerged when Son Ah-seop (34) was replaced by NC is a gap. Koo Seung Min, Jo Se Jin and Shin Young Soo, who were included in the opening innings, suffered as they moved to the second team, and Cho Jae Hyun, who is still in the first team, is still thin. Another problem is that foreign players, with the exception of Barnes, fail to meet expectations. Analyst Park Young-taek noted, “Barnes is doing well, but it is unfortunate that player (Glenn) Sparkman and batter (DJ) Peters are not performing as expected.”

Lotte Giants fans receiving autographs from Choi Jun-yong after the 2022 KBO League match against NC Dinos at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 10th. Busan Reporter / Lee Jun Hee

Lotte Giants fans receiving autographs from Choi Jun-yong after the 2022 KBO League match against NC Dinos at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 10th. Busan Reporter / Lee Jun Hee

Lotte got the unwanted nickname “Bomde” (Spring + Lotte) because he does well in the spring, but his marks deteriorate over time. However, players and fans feel that the situation is different this season. “There are a lot of greedy players who want to get good results. As long as the fans support me, I will do well. ” (Park Si-woong) Like the myrtle wind, can the Lotte spring last until this autumn? Obviously, the enthusiasm of the players and fans filled the Sagic Stadium is incredible. Posted by Busan / Lee Jun Hee, team reporter Givenhappy@hani.co.kr

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