Correspondent Cho Hyeong-rae, Guam (USA)] “As expected! As expected!”, “Good!”
Dededo Sports Complex in Guam, where Lotte’s spring camp is held. By the time everyone is tired and exhausted under the pouring hot sun, a player’s voice is resounding in the training ground. Outfielder Ahn Kwon-soo (30), who was released from Doosan last year and wore a Lotte uniform, is raising the atmosphere of the camp without dropping tension throughout training. 메이저놀이터
Even during base runner training or batting drills, they make the training ground a sea of laughter by attaching exclamations and cheers to each player’s action and result. He is a 3rd-generation Korean-Japanese and his Korean is somewhat poor, but he does not mind it and is instilling fighting spirit in the squad with his booming voice.
When the seniors batted, they shouted, “As expected! As expected!” He is making the coaches laugh by answering the jokes thrown by coaches such as Lee Byeong-gyu with courage. Seeing Ahn Kwon-soo, veteran players such as Jeon Jun-woo and Noh Jin-hyuk try to take care of him even more, and juniors such as Han Dong-hee, Kim Min-soo, and Hwang Seong-bin all raise their voices in line with Ahn Kwon-soo’s fighting.
Thanks to this, the Lotte players were able to train without losing their smiles even while becoming super-dead during the intensive training from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Jeon Jun-woo, the oldest, said, “Ever since I was at Doosan, I have been very good at greeting people politely. Since we are running together because we are meant to be like this, I think I will adapt quickly, so I am trying to help more.”
Infielder Kim Min-soo said, “(Ahn) Kwon-soo has high tension, so he is training happily. I think he is the type of player our team needs.” Noh Jin-hyeok, a free agent transfer student who wore a Lotte uniform for the first time this year like Ahn Kwon-soo, laughed and said, “Kwon-soo is more fun than I thought. Kwon-soo will be awkward, so it’s a bit difficult to adjust the tension together.” So, I also talk with them,” explaining Ahn Kwon-soo’s role as the mood maker.
Ahn Kwon-soo said, “Until last year, I greeted and talked to Jun-woo a lot during the game. So he made me feel more comfortable and I feel more at ease.” “I have to wait and don’t know if I will go to the game or not, but I think I should do what I can to win the team rather than personal greed. Even when I’m on the bench, I’m thinking about that and I’m thinking of saving the atmosphere.” laughed
Ahn Kwon-soo lived as a baseball player in Japan, graduating from Waseda Technical High School and Waseda University. He continued his playing career through independent leagues and more. Then, ahead of the 2020 rookie draft, he participated in a tryout to live as a player in the’grandfather’s country’ and was nominated by Doosan with the 99th overall ranking in the 10th round of the 2020 draft. Last year, the third year of his joining, was the best. At the beginning of the season, when Su-bin Su was sluggish and In-tae Kim missed due to an injury, he jumped to the starting lineup and wielded a heavy blow. Although he was weak from the middle of the season, he played well, posting a .711 OPS with 20 RBIs and 43 runs in 76 games with a batting average of 2.9 and 7 Lee (71-for-239).