LG rookie Kim Bum-seok was looking forward to facing off against Gyeongnam High senior Han Hyun-hee.
Kim Bum-seok was named to the starting lineup as the sixth outfielder against Lotte at Sajik Stadium in Busan on May 5.
The original first baseman was Austin Dean, but he was withdrawn from the lineup, so Kim Bum-seok took his place.
Kim, who was selected by LG with the seventh pick in the first round of the 2023 rookie draft after graduating from Gyeongnam High School, had previously played just one game for the first team. He went 0-for-2 against NC on June 3 and 0-for-2 against Kiwoom on June 6.
On the road trip to Sajik Stadium, Kim Bum-seok practiced defensive drills at first base instead of his usual position as a catcher.
He ended up starting at first base that day.
Before the game, Kim said, “First base is a position I played a lot when I was in school, so I don’t feel negative about it. So I think I just need to do what I’ve been doing,” he said, adding, “To be honest, I’ve played first base for more hours than I’ve played catcher.”
Kim Bum-seok, whose hometown is Busan, felt a new emotion just standing at Sajik Stadium. “It’s a dream to play at the ballpark I saw as a child,” he said.
The Lotte starter on this day was Han Hyun-hee, a senior at Gyeongnam High School. Kim Bum-seok said, “If you go to Gyeongnam High School, it says that Han Hyun-hee had a no-hit no-run. I’ve wanted to play against her since then, and I think it will be great to play against her.”
And Kim Bum-seok got to face the senior. With the score tied at 0-0 in the top of the second inning, Kim Bum-seok stepped up to the plate and hit a ball toward the shortstop. Shortstop Noh Jin-hyuk made an error and advanced to first base. After advancing to third on Son Ho-young’s subsequent hit, Kim Bum-seok crossed home plate on Heo Do-hwan’s single. It was the first run of the game.카지노사이트