“Are you not destined to go to the Korean Series?” Dinosaurs 36-year-old batting king’s frank confession, a mountain that has yet to be conquered

Son Ah-seop, 36, a batting expert at the NC Dinos, finally ended his grudge in the 2023 season. He only ranked second to third in batting, and was rewarded with his strong appetite on the last day of the season. Son became the star of the year-end award ceremony, winning the first batting champion and the most hits winner simultaneously. He also acquired the designated hitter Golden Glove.

There is one mountain that Son Ah-seop has not yet conquered. It is the Korean Series. Although he has relieved the king of batting’s resentment, he has not yet resolved his desire to participate in and win the Korean Series. In terms of the top 15 based on the total FA contract, Son Ah-seop is sixth with 16.2 billion won.헤라카지노

▲Top 15 FA contracts (excluding non-FA multi-year contracts) / Korean Series championship experience

No. 1 Yang Eui-ji (Doosan)-27.7 billion won (KRW 12.5 billion in 2019 + KRW 15.2 billion in 2023) 2015-2016 Doosan-2020 NC

2nd place Kim Hyun-soo (LG)-23 billion won (11.5 billion won in 2018 + 11.5 billion won in 2022) – 2015 Doosan

3rd place Choi Jung (SSG) – 19.2 billion won (8.6 billion won in 2015 + 10.6 billion won in 2019) – 2018 SK-2022 SSG

4th place Kang Min-ho (Samsung) – 19.1 billion won (7.5 billion won in 2014 + 8 billion won in 2018 + 3.6 billion won in 2022)

5th place Lee Dae-ho (retired)-17.6 billion won (KRW 15 billion in 2017 + KRW 2.6 billion in 2021)

6th place Son Ah-seop (NC)-16.2 billion won (9.8 billion won in 2017 + 6.4 billion won in 2022)

7th place Na Sung-beom (KIA) – 15 billion won (15 billion won in 2022)- NC in 2020

8th place Hwang Jae-gyun (KT) – 14.8 billion won (8.8 billion won in 2018 + 6 billion won in 2022) – KT in 2021

9th place Choi Hyung-woo (14.7 billion won in 2017 + 4.7 billion won in 2021) – Samsung in 2011-2014, KIA in 2017

10th place Park Min-woo (NC)-14 billion won (14 billion won in 2023) – 2020 NC

11th place Park Seok-min (retired)-13 billion won (9.6 billion won in 2016 + 3.4 billion won in 2020) – Samsung in 2011-2014, NC in 2020

No. 12 Ahn Chi-hong (Hanwha) – 12.8 billion won ( 5.6 billion won in 2020 + 7.2 billion won in 2024) – 2009 KIA

13th place Yang Hyun-jong (KIA) – 12.55 billion won (KRW 2.25 billion in 2017 + KRW 10.3 billion in 2022) – 2009 and 2017 KIA

No. 14 Oh Ji-hwan (LG) – KRW 12.4 billion (KRW 12.4 billion in 2024) – LG in 2023

No. 15 Jung Woo-ram (Hanwha) – 12.3 billion won (8.4 billion won in 2016 + 3.9 billion won in 2020) – 2007-2008, 2010 SK

Surprisingly, there are only three players in the top 15 who have never won a Korean Series: Kang Min-ho, Lee Dae-ho, and Son Ah-seop. They have not only won a Korean Series but also have never played a single game in the series. They were both from Lotte Giants.

Son Ah-seop called it “the realm of luck,” whether he is the batting champion several times or wins the Korean Series during the 2023 season. He said that it is a mountain that can be conquered only by luck. As he finally became the batting champion, he showed a combination of hard work and luck. It should be seen that Son’s biggest goal for the remaining two years of his FA contract, and in the distant future, is to win the Korean Series.

Son talked about it after appearing on Lee Dae-ho’s YouTube channel RE:DAEHO on Sunday. “When I lost in Game 5 of the playoff against KT Wiz, I felt a bit empty. Since I won two games first and lost, I thought to myself, ‘Isn’t it my destiny to go to the Korean Series?’ After winning two games, I was just thinking about teasing the older members. I got punished because I didn’t expect much from him.”

After finishing the regular season in fourth place, NC had six consecutive wins, starting with a wild card game against Doosan Bears, a semi-playoff against SSG Landers, and a playoff game against KT Wiz. If it wins one more game, it will finally enter the Korean Series.

However, the NC Dinosaurs finished the season by losing in the third and fifth games. Son’s dream of the Korean Series did not come true again in the end. “Skills are skills, but luck is huge. I was smooth because I was upset. Actually, I met a lot of (Oh) Ji-hwan (LG) at the award ceremony and he talked about it. I hope NC doesn’t come up.”

In fact, LG had such an atmosphere. The team fought well against LG in the regular season. NC had good left-handed pitchers to counter LG’s left-handed lineup and Eric Peddy (31, Chicago White Sox), a top-rated player, is still undecided. Son recalls that if NC advanced to the Korean Series with no loss, it would have been worth a try.

“After winning two games, I thought it would be worth a try if I went up to three wins,” Son said. “I was able to take a four-day rest. But I could see that the players lost power. It was tough for me, too. If I went straight to win Game 3, I could have made the Korean Series more fun.”

What about NC this year? After Pedi left, new foreign pitchers Daniel Castano and Kyle Hart were recruited. It is best for them to share Pedi’s share. Here is the instability of the three to five native pitches. If uncertainty in the starting lineup is minimized, it is expected that the team will be able to create another accident by harmonizing the old and new batters with the bullpen

Even so, as Son said, it is hard for anyone to predict whether he will advance to the Korean Series. Will Son be able to overcome the last hurdle during the remaining period of his FA contract? Unfortunately, the year 2023 is already over.

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