Fans who shouted “29 years of regret” when the LG team won the regular season trophy shouted again with anticipation when captain Oh Ji-hwan promised, “We will win four games to achieve an integrated championship and cry beautifully.”
LG, the No. 1 player in the 2023 Korean professional baseball KBO League regular season, also won 5-2 in the final game of the pennant race against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Home in Seoul on the 15th, presenting fans with their 86th victory of the season (56 losses, 2 draws).
After the game, an unforgettable event was also held for LG fans.
LG confirmed its regular season victory on the 3rd, but KBO saw the 15th, when LG will play its last regular season game at home, as the “time for the trophy ceremony.”
On this day, 23,750 spectators filled Jamsil Baseball Stadium. Most of them were LG fans. Even after Doosan fans left after the game, Jamsil Baseball Stadium was full of fans with yellow towels.
KBO President Heo Gu-yeon delivered the trophy to the LG team after congratulating LG on its regular season victory.
CEO Kim In-seok, general manager Cha Myung-seok, manager Yeom Kyung-yeop and captain Oh Ji-hwan held the trophy together and held a ceremony, and other players later took commemorative photos against the backdrop of the regular season trophy.
The LG team then looked at the fans and unfurled a banner that read, “I will run to the end as one with the fans toward the top.” 스포츠토토
The regular season’s winning ceremony naturally led to the Korean Series launch ceremony.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “We had a lot of ups and downs and difficulties during the season. Thanks to your passionate support, the team overcame difficulties and won. “I’m really grateful,” he said to the fans, before saying, “I achieved my first goal of this season, the pennant race.” Now there is one left. “I will repay the fans’ support by winning the Korean Series,” he promised.
Oh Ji-hwan said, “Both the front and the team struggled a lot and finished the regular season in a good mood,” adding, “We are going into war mode from now on.” “I’ll cry nicely after winning four games and achieving the integrated championship,” he shouted.
Oh Ji-hwan, who met after the ceremony, said, “I am not confident to hold back tears after the Korean Series. That’s why I told my fans, “I’ll cry after achieving the integrated championship,” he said. “Our fans filled the stadium today.” It is my only goal for the rest of the season to build up the pride of LG fans, he explained.
“I am naturally happy and overwhelmed to win the regular season, but the season is not over yet,” he said. “I promised my fans that I would go into ‘war mode’. I want to prepare hard and repay the fans with good results. I will definitely achieve the integrated championship,” he repeatedly vowed.
LG won the regular season title for the first time in 29 years since 1994. Like Oh Ji-hwan’s wish, if he wins the Korean Series first, he will also win the Korean Series for the first time in 29 years.
As much as Oh Ji-hwan, LG fans are ready to “cry cool.”