LG Twins finisher Ko Woo-seok seemed to feel heavy at the thought that he had not fulfilled his responsibility as the Taegeuk mark even though it had been a month.
Ko Woo-seok stood in front of reporters ahead of the match against NC Dinos at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 19th.
Ko Woo-seok felt pain in his right shoulder while playing a practice game ahead of the opening of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) held in March. In the end, Go Woo-seok, who could not pitch in the WBC finals at all, was excluded from the opening entry because inflammation was found in his right shoulder during a detailed examination after returning to Korea.안전놀이터
It was not a serious injury, but coach Yeom Kyung-yeop did not rush Ko Woo-seok to return. He returned on the 18th after two field appearances in the 2nd team. And he got right on the mound.
He got on the mound in the top of the ninth inning against 4-4 and recorded no runs in one inning with no hits and three strikeouts. His highest speed was 156 km. It was a sign that his condition was perfect.
Director Yeom Kyung-yeop also expressed satisfaction. Coach Yeom smiled, saying, “The speed of the fastball and the changing ball have returned to their original form. It was a good result for both the individual and the team. I was able to set up a winning group with a certainty.”
Regarding the fact that he threw 5 fastballs in a row against No. 1 Park Min-woo, Ko Woo-seok said, “I tend to loosen up while throwing. It’s good. I threw 3 games including the rehabilitation game. There are still some things to be careful about, but I don’t think there’s anything big.”
Even after getting injured in the match against Orix, Ko Woo-seok tried to come back somehow by playing catch. But he didn’t mind. Go Woo-seok, who looked back on that time, said, “I can’t stop thinking about it. At that time, I tried to do something. I tried hard, but I couldn’t do it. I prepared a lot, but it’s a bit regrettable.”
Go Woo-seok’s voice trembled, and his words sometimes cut off as if he was trying to hold back his crying. He seemed to be trying to control his emotions. He is cautious about giving interviews, saying, “Honestly, I may not be able to throw in the game, or I may throw well. I’ve never thought that it was difficult. But not being able to even try was the scariest and most difficult thing.” No matter how I threw yesterday, my team lost. So I thought about whether it was right to do an interview now,” he said honestly.
“It’s not an annual competition, and I don’t know when I’ll be able to wear the Taegeuk mark, so I wanted to try something, but I couldn’t even try. That’s why it’s more regrettable,” he repeatedly expressed regret.
Go Woo-seok can wear the Taegeuk mark again at the Hangzhou Asian Games in September at the earliest. I have never felt burdened or wanted to avoid the Taegeuk mark just because the results were not good. If there is anything I want from the future, I want to continue to build up my skills and get good results every time I go to competitions. If you go to the national team, you should do that, and the same goes for the team. The club receives a salary, so that fact alone is enough reason to work hard.”