Thursday Jun 08, 2023

“You’ve returned from Changwon” 15.2 billion catcher, comeback in Jamsil after 5 years… 5,000 spectators went wild

Yang Eui-ji (36), the ‘15.2 billion catcher’, entered the plate at Jamsil Stadium wearing a Doosan Bears uniform for the first time in 5 years. Doosan fans who visited the baseball field welcomed the comeback of the hostess with enthusiastic cheers. 

Yang Eui-ji played as a substitute in an exhibition game against Samsung Lions in the 2023 KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 25th and recorded no hits in one at-bat. 

An attack at the bottom of the 9th inning, with Doosan trailing 3-5. With Yang Chan-yeol, the leader, hitting a double, the first-base spectators at Jamsil Stadium suddenly started to stir at the chance for one out and second base. This is because Yang Eui-ji, who returned, entered the plate at Jamsil Stadium as a pinch hitter for Song Seung-hwan. It was Yang Eui-ji’s first Jamsil game after returning to Doosan.

When Yang Eui-ji appeared, Doosan fans cheered enthusiastically with applause and welcomed the returning hostess. Doosan had a fairly large crowd of 5,979 on the weekend, even though it was an exhibition match. 

Immediately, music with a familiar melody flowed from the cheering squad on first base. It was the first time in five years since 2018 that Yang Eui-ji’s Doosan cheering song resonated at Jamsil Stadium. Yang Eui-ji said at the Doosan debut ceremony in January, “Honestly, I’ve heard my cheering song on YouTube a few times, and it lingers in my ears. He expressed his anticipation, saying, “I honestly can’t concentrate and get goosebumps when a cheering song comes on for the first time at bat.” Although the number of spectators was smaller compared to the regular season, Doosan fans shouted out loud, “Doosan’s master, Yang Eui-ji. give me a hit Blow a home run,” and sang, giving goosebumps to Yang Eui-ji.

The result was a bumta. Yang Eui-ji stepped down with a floating ball from second baseman after a full count match against Samsung Lee Seung-hyun. Nevertheless, Doosan fans showed their affection by applauding generously for Yang Eui-ji, who returned to the dugout. 안전놀이터

Coincidentally, when Yang Eui-ji was at bat, the Samsung catcher was Kim Tae-gun, who ate a bowl of rice in NC. Kim Tae-gun said, “I was welcomed when (Yang) Eui-ji came out, so I thought, ‘Now you’ve returned from Changwon’. Eui-hyung also laughed,” he said. Even before the match, we decided not to see each other’s faces. When I look at your face, it dries up,” he laughed. 

Yang Eui-ji, who was the biggest player in the Stove League, signed a free agent contract with Doosan for up to 15.2 billion won in 4+2 years on November 22 last year, and will wear his home uniform for the first time in five years. Yang Eui-ji surpassed Kim Kwang-hyun (SSG)’s 15.1 billion won (4 years) and broke the record for the highest amount ever in the KBO League.


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