The culture of bench clearing in Korea and the United States was a little different. A stranger who ‘jumped’ to protect himself and, of course, his teammates. LG’s foreign batsman Austin Dean (30-USA) expressed his regret, saying, “I would like to apologize to the Doosan team.” He also showed a pleasant face.
Austin, the “belly of the LG Twins,” shared the story behind the bench-clearing incident during the home game against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Stadium on April 16. In the top of the seventh inning, the two teams were tied at 4-4. With runners on first and third, LG’s Yoo Young-chan hit a two-pitch fastball that hit Doosan’s Yang Seok-hwan on the left ankle. After a brief exchange between LG catcher Park Dong-won and Yang Seok-hwan, both players stormed out of the dugout, sparking a bench-clearing brawl.
Austin stood out in this process. Austin took to the field in a particularly combative manner, actively participating in the bench-clearing. It was an emotional outburst, and he was ready to fight. But behind him, foreign pitcher Adam Plutko was holding his ground. Luckily, the bench-clearing ended without further conflict.
Austin said of the bench-clearing situation, “I’ve always had a heart to go out there for my teammates. So sometimes that comes out, and it was the same in the US. I’ll defend my teammates, and sometimes I’ll be passionate, sometimes I’ll be emotional. But I’m not one to pick fights. I hope you don’t get the wrong idea,” he said.
“I’m sure (opposing batsman) Yang Seok-hwan was very upset because he got hit in a sore spot. I’ve been there, too. I understand that emotions can get hurt in the moment. But our pitcher (Yoo Young-chan) also apologized, and since it was unintentional and came out that way, I jumped in (off the bench) as soon as I could, thinking I had to protect him,” he recalled.
In fact, the culture of bench-clearing in the U.S. Major League Baseball is very different from that in Korea, and sometimes it turns into a group brawl. It is inevitable that the culture itself is different from Korea, where everyone knows each other across the bridge. In Korea, on the other hand, when bench-clearing occurs, the veterans of both teams tend to take the lead in mediating. In this case, it was Yang Ji-ji for Doosan and Kim Hyun-soo for LG, who stepped in and defused the situation early on.
“As a baseball player myself, I understand the other side’s point of view,” says Austin. In fact, I didn’t realize the culture of bench clearing in the KBO, which is why this happened. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the Doosan team, and I hope they accept it. In the future, when bench clearing occurs, I will try to refrain from showing my emotions like this time. This time, I didn’t know what to do, so I think I showed a lot of emotion.”메이저사이트
It was Adam Plutko, a senior foreigner in his second year in the KBO, who stopped Austin from getting carried away. “I was running out of the dugout, and someone grabbed me from behind and dragged me. I was like, ‘Who’s big enough to drag me?’ I turned around and it was Plutko. I looked at him and I was like, ‘Hmm. Flutko has the strength to pull me,” I thought. After bench clearing, I joked with Plutko about being “dragged out”. The next day, my teammates told me that I shouldn’t have gotten so worked up about bench clearing. “Next time, we’ll do it a little differently,” he said cheerfully.