The ’10 Billion’ FA’s first Golden Glove, a bitter wound and memory six years ago, said, “Thank you to the fans who made Golden Gloves with cakes.”

Fifteen years after his professional debut, he finally holds his first Golden Glove. NC Dinos outfielder Park Gun-woo, 33, was all smiles after winning his first Golden Glove.

Park joined Hong Chang-ki (LG) and Koo Ja-uk (Samsung) as winners in the outfield category at the 2023 KBO Golden Glove Awards on 11 November. Behind Hong (258 votes) and Gu (185 votes), Park (139 votes) received the third most votes among outfielders, ahead of SSG Heredia (101 votes).

Park, who joined Doosan in 2009, is a veteran hitter who has played in 1167 KBO games (3996 at-bats, 1303 hits), batting .326 with 110 home runs, 624 RBIs, 706 runs scored, 92 doubles and an OPS of .878 through this year. Despite his consistently good performance each year, he has never won a Golden Glove.

Before the ceremony, Park said, “I actually want to win the Golden Glove, but I have about a 30 per cent chance. If I have that much expectation, it will be less painful if I don’t get the Golden Globe. I have a memory of a year when I expected more, but I didn’t get the award. This year, my expectations are lower than that,” he said, recalling his past disappointments.

It was 2017. In 131 games, Park batted .483 (177-for-483) with 20 home runs, 78 RBIs, 91 runs scored, 20 doubles and a 1.006 OPS. However, at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, the outfield award was won by Son Asub (then of Lotte), Choi Hyung-woo (KIA) and Roger Bernadina (KIA).

This year, the outfield category was dominated by Hong Chang-ki, who led the league in on-base percentage and runs scored, and Koo Ja-rook, who was second in batting. Park batted .877 with 12 home runs, 85 RBIs and an OPS of .877 in 130 games (458-for-146), while Heredia batted .846 with 12 home runs, 76 RBIs and an OPS of .846 in 122 games (473-for-153). Park won his first Golden Glove by 38 votes over Heredia.헤라카지노

After the ceremony, Park Gun-woo, who held the Golden Glove in his arms, was asked if he had any idea he was going to win the award, and he replied, “No, actually, I didn’t. They didn’t tell me in advance, so I thought, ‘Let’s go,’ and (Son) Asob thought his brother was going to win, so I came to congratulate him. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t come without expectations, but I was worried that I would be hurt again.”

The presenter mistakenly called Park Gun-woo’s name ‘Park Min-woo’. Park said, “It’s okay. It doesn’t matter who they call me, it’s more important that I get this award…First of all, I feel so good,” he said with a laugh.

In 2017, he attended the Golden Globe Awards, but left empty-handed. When asked about the experience, Park says, “I actually thought I was going to win. I came to the ceremony thinking I would win, but I was disappointed that I didn’t. When I went home, there was a fan who gave me a Golden Globe made of cake. I’m so grateful that he made it real gold and gave it to me.”

The weight of the Golden Globe for the first time. “I was actually writing on a piece of paper to express my feelings, but the Golden Globe was so heavy. My hands were shaking and I was nervous, so I couldn’t take the paper out. I don’t remember what I said. I went to the manager and said, ‘Did I tell you thank you,’ and he said, ‘Yeah, I did,’ and I’m glad I did,” he said.

“Actually, I’ve won a lot of other awards in my baseball career, but the Golden Glove is one of those things that I’ve thought about so many times. I’m so happy that I got it, and I want to get it again, and I actually thought about whether I could get it because Lee Jung-hoo, who got it every year, wasn’t there this year.”

You won the Golden Globe you wanted so badly. What are his next goals? Park Gun-woo said, “Actually, I don’t have many. I wanted to get this Golden Globe so badly. It looks really cool, and when the season ends, I negotiate my salary, so I often feel a little empty. You think, “This is how I’m rewarded for the year,” but then you’re in front of the fans every day, and suddenly you’re lying at home, and you’re a little dazed. I wanted to win this award at the end of the season to keep that feeling for a little bit longer. It’s a very happy day. I hope I can do it again next year,” he said.

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