“I was pretty sure I was out.”
The controversial play. What would have happened if there was no video replay, a dizzying thought for the SSG Landers. The game between SSG and the LG Twins at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 20th. It was a nail-biter until the last inning. With SSG leading by just one run at 2-1, they went to the defense in the top of the ninth inning. Closer Seo Jin-yong was facing a bases-loaded situation. Austin Dean hit a grounder to the third baseman. The hit itself looked like a tough catch. It’s a tricky, slow grounder that most third basemen dash forward and either don’t make the catch or don’t make the catch.
But Choi made a super catch. He caught the ball in the boundary and used his strong shoulder to make an incredibly fast throw to first base. First baseman Choi Joo-hwan made a normal throw, but the play was safe.
Coach Kim Won-hyung, who was watching the game from the bench, thought it was a hit the moment he saw the ball roll. “I saw that it wasn’t easy. It was a hard pitch to catch, and Jung did a great job until the moment he caught it and threw it. I thought it wouldn’t be easy, but he caught that hard ball,” Kim said, praising Choi’s defense.
The initial call was safe, and the runner from third scored. The SSG bench didn’t hesitate to request video review, which was immediately initiated, and a slow motion replay was shown on the big screen at Landers Field. As soon as the first replay played, it showed Austin’s foot narrowly missing the base. The crowd erupted in cheers, and the SSG players poured onto the field in celebration, seemingly certain of victory. 메이저놀이터 The umpires, who were receiving the call, gestured for the players to go back in.
In the end, the call was overturned to ‘out’ and SSG held on for the one-point victory. It was a moment that ended a long, long five-game losing streak.
The bench was convinced that it was an out. Coach Kim Won-hyung said, “The moment he stepped on the base, it was very clear to me. I was sure it was an out. Fortunately, there was one video replay request left, so we were able to change the outcome.” “Still, I think the team’s mood changed a lot after winning the last game against LG (after a losing streak). If something had happened until that game, I don’t think I would have anything to say about it, but I think we have to start with the idea that we have to make a new start,” he concluded.