I changed my uniform 5 times in the last 10 years. But Journeyman is also a Journeyman. Now, he has risen as a player who is expected to be part of the Pilseung group.
The KIA Tigers team left for the 2023 season spring camp to be held in Tucson, USA via Incheon International Airport on the 30th. 메이저놀이터
Kim Dae-yu wore a KIA uniform as a compensation player for FA catcher Park Dong-won. It is the 5th team following Nexen Heroes, SK Wyverns, KT Wiz, and LG Twins. At this point, he deserves to be regarded as the KBO League’s representative travel man.
It is different from the past, which was floating around like floating grass. In 2021, when he turned 30, he reached his potential by recording 4 wins, 1 loss and an ERA of 2.13 with 24 holds. Last year, he played 39⅔ innings in 59 games and played an active part in the bullpen with 2 wins, 1 loss and an average ERA of 2.27 with 13 holds. He was named as a reward player in recognition of his worth.
Kim Dae-yu, whom I met before leaving the country, smiled brightly, saying, “I moved to Gwangju the day before yesterday, so I’m out of my mind right now.” He moved to a new team, but his smile showed confidence rather than strain or trembling.
Immediately after his nomination as a reward player, he immediately visited Gwangju and exchanged greetings with the club’s leadership. Regarding the Kia Champions Field in Gwangju, “the indoor training ground is very spacious and nice. I plan to come out often and exercise even on days off,” while saying, “It was really good because the club’s bus was premium. There were curtains for every seat,” he couldn’t hide his excitement.
He was full of enthusiasm. He emphasized, “I will become close with everyone. (Kim Jong-guk) coach, I want to get close with the coaches first. The same goes for the players.”
Now is the stage to get acquainted with the players. Kim Dae-yu explained, “There are a lot of juniors, and thank you for coming and talking to me first. We’ve only met for a day or two, but there won’t be any big problems in adapting.” He repeatedly expressed his gratitude for the enthusiastic support of KIA fans.
“There are so many KIA fans just looking at Jamsil. I think the passion is really great. That’s how responsible I feel. I just want to reciprocate. Even before going to bed, I suddenly remembered the fans’ support and made a resolution (to achieve good results). (Kim) Hyunsoo-hyung said, ‘I’ll admit it as a mistake up to the shoulder. If you fly over it, you’ll misunderstand, so prepare to run away’… (Chae) Eunseong-hyung also cheered me on to do well. I’m thankful for my colleagues.”
It was the last season that could be seen as slowing down compared to 2021. He did not hide his desire to participate, saying, “A player must have a thirst. I have prepared a lot.” He said, “I wonder if the past two years will be my standard. I want to produce results that match that in the future.”
“The heart is always there. A professional must be greedy. And I will do it. However, I think it will be a little different from the past when I struggled alone. It was an opportunity to put my mind down and look at it. I studied a lot.”
Following the 30-year-old Shinhwa, I am in a position to write a reward player myth. Kim Dae-yu repeatedly emphasized, “I was asleep when the announcement was made. Of course, I was surprised, but I thought, ‘The opportunity to rise to the next level has come.’ I will try to save it.”
“Now I’m at an age where results are more important than process. There are many left-handers on the team. (Yang) Hyeon-jong has a brother and a friend named Lee Jun-young… Competition is competition, but the team works well when we go up together. I will make good results unconditionally.”