15 years of national team retirement… ‘Last Captain’ Kim Hyun-soo, “I tried not to hear that I came to play, but it hurts a lot” 

“It is the last time I wear the Korea uniform. My heart hurts a lot.”

It seems like this is the end of his 15-year career on the national team. National team “Captain” Kim Hyun-soo (35) hinted at his retirement from the national team, chewing on his regret for this WBC.

Korea won the 5th cold game 22-2 in the final match of the 1st round of the WBC held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on the 13th, against China. However, following the 2013 and 2017 tournaments, he tasted the shame of being eliminated in three consecutive WBC tournaments. It is safe to say that the journey at the Tokyo Dome, including the 7-8 defeat against Australia and the 4-13 complete defeat against Korea and Japan, was a disaster.스마일 토토

Kim Hyun-soo, whom we met in the mixed zone after the tournament was over, said, “All the players prepared well, but it’s a pity that he couldn’t show off his skills as well as he prepared. He did well with all the players, and the coach also adjusted to the players. He took the captaincy, but he lacked,” he said. Still, I am grateful to his juniors for doing their best until the end. I’m done now It is the last time to wear a Korean uniform,” implying that it was in fact the last international competition. 

The gap with Japan widened further, and the power gap with the team, which was considered weak, narrowed a lot. Due to the successive failures of international competitions in Korea, the national team is now in a position where they cannot easily shake off the burden. Kim Hyeon-soo, who held his 10th international tournament in his 15th year as a national team member, said, “The biggest challenge is for the players to shake off the burden. The biggest challenge is for players to shake off the burden. I did my best in the preparation process and the game, but I think the most important thing for the players is to create an environment where they can enjoy without feeling the pressure of not having to win,” he said. “I was nervous, and the players were also nervous. I couldn’t show my skills in the midst of tension, so I have to make sure I can do that well.”

The national team reaped the beauty of the end of the day, but Kim Hyun-soo personally did not endow the beauty of the national team. He only blamed himself as captain. He said, “My heart hurts. It hurts a lot. The players really did their best. I worked hard not to hear that I came to play,” he said. It hurts a lot when it happened like this, and I think I said that because I felt sorry for my juniors.” 

Looking back on his 15-year career as a national team member, he cited the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 and this event. Even at the Tokyo Olympics, Kim Hyun-soo was the captain. He said, “When I came as the youngest, when I was young, I felt that the pressure was great. I remember playing baseball with my seniors a lot,” he said. 

Lastly, Kim Hyun-soo said, “Many people cheered and came to visit us. There may be some people who don’t, but I was disappointed that we couldn’t do it, but thank you for coming to the baseball field.”

In addition, towards coach Lee Kang-cheol and the players, he said, “I said thank you, and the coach also said thank you. I’m sorry I couldn’t show you a good look. I hope the players do better and show the results of the game,” he said. “Because Korean baseball is not over. He said he hoped the players would do well next time.”

In addition, he had one last thing to say as captain. He also threw a tip at some baseball players who threw arrows at the national team. He said, “We and I have heard a lot of words of comfort from seniors who have appeared in the national team a lot, but it seems that many people who are not are very easy to think of.” I think it’s more regrettable because I thought we were baseball players together.” He left Tokyo Dome.

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