1st place in scoring again. The time of ‘boy trader’ Choi Jeong (36) flows backwards.
Choi Jeong-eun started as a 3rd baseman in the 2023 KBO League regular season away game against Kiwoom Heroes held at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 5th and played 2 hits in 3 at-bats, 1 stolen base and 3 points, contributing to the team’s 3-1 victory. .
With this victory, SSG, who had three consecutive victories, firmly maintained its sole lead with 18 wins (10 losses) in the season, and continued the pleasant record of winning on Children’s Day for three consecutive years.
It was not a decisive lead with RBIs such as timely hits, but SSG always had the best score in all scoring scenes in the game that day. In fact, Choi Jeong-eun played a big role on the day, dominating all 3 points recorded by SSG by going on base three times with multi-hits and hit balls.
After the game, Choi Jeong-eun said, “I am happy that I have been making hits in recent games (8 consecutive hits),” and “I had a habit of opening my left shoulder quickly when hitting from the opening game, and I devoted myself to training to compensate for this. He explained that the parts he prepared for in the actual game are coming out little by little, leading to good results.”
In fact, as explained by Choi Jeong, the batting average for the season, which stayed in the early to mid-20% range in April, has risen to 0.290. In addition, his batting index performance is also at the top of the list. Choi Jeong-eun, who added 3 points on this day alone, jumped to the top of the league with 24 points for the season, surpassing previous leader Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom, 22 points). He tied for 6th in the category with 4 homers and tied for 4th in the category with 21 RBIs.
It is more surprising that he is still showing the best scoring and RBI ability in the league even though he is well past his mid-30s and is heading towards the second half.
On the 5th, Choi Jeong’s performance was also perfect.
First, Choi Jeong-eun opened the door to the SSG attack, which was frustrating with a hit to the left in the 4th inning with 2 outs. It was the first hit and the first on-base record to break SSG’s silence, which had been blocked by starting pitcher Jeong Chan-heon from the first inning.
Furthermore, Choi Jeong-eun succeeded in stealing a base unexpectedly by Guillermo Heredia’s follow-up at bat and dug into second base. It was base running without hesitation, as if he foresaw that the opponent would throw a slow breaking ball. Choi Jeong-eun scored the first goal of the game that day, stepping home comfortably when Heredia’s timely hit in the left center.
In the beginning of the 7th inning, Choi Jung-eun went on base with a ball that hit her body after a run and stepped home when Park Seong-han hit at the right time, scoring the second run of the day as SSG ran away 2-0.
It didn’t end there. Even at the beginning of the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead when Kiwoom caught up with one point, a key point was opened. This time, he went to bat as the lead batter in the inning and picked out first and second pitches from relief pitcher Yang Hyeon.
What followed Choi Jeong-eun, who advanced to third base with Heredia’s hit and Hanyu-seom’s sacrifice bunt, once again stepped home when Choi Sang-min’s timely hit and scored a wedge that the team ran away with 3-1. At the same time, he was the best to score 3 points alone on this day.
Thanks to Choi Jeong’s performance, SSG regained first place, and the match against second place Lotte Giants was extended to one game.
Choi Jeong-eun cited the good atmosphere as the reason for leading the race, saying, “I think that the players are enjoying the game at their leisure, regardless of the outcome of the game, so they are achieving good results.”
In addition, on this day, with his great success, he presented fans with a precious moment of winning on Children’s Day for three consecutive years. Choi Jeong-eun said, “I think the children fans must have been disappointed because of the poor weather before the game on Children’s Day.”
On the 4th, the day before the 안전놀이터 game, Choi Jeong-eun announced through the club that he was continuing his social contribution activities for 12 years. This is the ‘Home Run Campaign of Love’ that Choi Jeong-i has been conducting with Baro International Hospital for 12 years since 2012.
It is a regional win-win program that supports artificial joint surgery for one underprivileged person in Incheon every time Choi Jeong hits a home run in the regular season. Choi Jeong-eun, who has been active for 12 years and presented artificial joints to countless patients, has already confirmed surgery for 4 patients this season.
The time of the boy trader, which has not changed in many ways and seems to be going backwards considering his age, still dominates the league.