Before he knew it, he became the eldest brother of the giant army. However, both his body and mind are no less than those of a player in his 20s. The main character is ‘eternal captain’ Jeon Jun-woo (37).
Jeon Jun-woo, who has the modifier ‘eldest brother’ in front of his name, is sweating hard to prove that age is just a number. In the morning, he does weight training, and in the afternoon, he moves to Sajik Stadium to swing a bat.
Jeon Jun-woo participated in 120 games last year and recorded a batting average of 3.4 (143 hits in 470 bats), 11 homers, 68 RBIs, 73 points and 6 stolen bases. Looking back on last year, he said, “I think my grades were in the middle, but it wasn’t the grade I wanted. I’m preparing hard so that all performance indicators such as hits, home runs, and RBIs can get better.”
Wanting to show through his actions rather than his words, he began to build his body earlier than usual. He has been digesting his personal training since the beginning of November last year. He said, “I think my current physical condition is fine because I do it slowly rather than in a hurry.” “I feel that my body has become lighter through weight control,” said Jeon Jun-woo.
Jeon Jun-woo is expected to play a variety of positions this season, including left fielder, first baseman, and designated hitter. He saw it as a good opportunity. “I have a lot of options, but I think it’s a good opportunity. I think it’s because I can digest it, so I guess I’ll be entrusted with multiple positions. I’ll do my best for the team’s victory no matter which position I play.”
As Lee Dae-ho retired, Jeon Jun-woo’s leadership became more important. He was called ‘Big Boss’ during his time in the police baseball team and was highly trusted by his colleagues.
Yoo Seung-an, former police baseball team manager, said, “Jeon Jun-woo is a player with special leadership. He is gentle and has charisma that juniors cannot refuse. When Jeon Jun-woo was the captain, they said, ‘Do as you like’. It brought us together,” he said. Although the captaincy was handed over to Ahn Chi-hong, Jeon Jun-woo’s role is still important.
“There will be a vacancy after a player who is too big will retire, but baseball is a team sport. We have to share with each other to fill the void. Dae-ho hyung did so well in the last season, everyone will be very sorry, but the players have to share and get through it. The same goes for me. Always. I did, but I will think of us more than myself, read our juniors, and focus all our efforts toward the highest goal of ‘victory’.”
Age is just a number to him. “Not only is I the oldest, but I am in my 20s both physically and mentally. As I get older, I exercise more. I work harder than I did when I was in my 20s. Only then can I show better performances,” he said confidently.
Jeon Jun-woo is a player who stands tall 온라인바카라. It means he always does his part. I was curious about the secret. “He never lets go of the tension. The moment he thinks, ‘This will be enough,’ he thinks he will collapse. I don’t think that will work until he retires,” Jeon Jun-woo said.
Jeon Jun-woo’s first free agent was a pity itself. In January 2020, the contract was signed for a maximum total of 3.4 billion won over 4 years. At the time, his market situation was not good, so his value was not properly recognized. Since then, players with worse grades than Jeon Jun-woo have been treated much better. Even the fans expressed deep regret over Jeon Jun-woo’s contract.
He said, “The market situation at the time was just different, and I would be lying if I said I had no regrets because I am a human being, but I want to be treated better in my second free agent contract. If I get good results, I think my value will be recognized.”
‘One Club Man’ Jeon Jun-woo rose to this position only through ceaseless efforts. He has never been involved in gossip and is recognized by everyone on his team. The reputation of Jeon Jun-woo inside and outside the club is very good. As he is a player who has both skill and personality, one way he can pursue a multi-year contract before reacquiring FA status is one way.
Lotte is considered the strongest player in the Stove League. They took an aggressive move in the free agency market and recruited Yoo Kang-nam (catcher) and Noh Jin-hyeok (infielder). In addition, by bringing in real exhaust players such as Cha Woo-chan, Kim Sang-su, Yoon Myeong-jun (pitcher Lee Sang), and Ahn Kwon-soo (outfielder), they are able to look at a higher place than last year while strengthening their stability. Jeon Jun-woo thought, “Since Yoo Kang-nam and Noh Jin-hyuk, who played as the main players of the former club, have arrived, that is a plus factor for us.”
There is a saying in the baseball world that ‘Lotte must do well for the KBO League to succeed’. In response, Jeon Jun-woo predicted, “It is an immutable truth. There are so many fans and passionate supporters, so I feel reassured and grateful. If we do well, the league’s box office as well as the commercial district will become better.”