“I don’t think I’ll ever be the same.”
KIA’s Lee Yi-ri, 21, was a bit shocked to be left out of the roster one day before the Hangzhou Asian Games. This is what he said after the Changwon NC on March 27. However, he was comforted by teammates Na Sung-bum and KT’s Ko Young-pyo, and is focusing on baseball.
Lee won the game that day with seven innings of three-hit ball, striking out three and walking one. He threw 77 pitches and pitched well again against KT Suwon on March 3, allowing one run on four hits in 5⅓ innings with four walks and five strikeouts. He threw 109 pitches, much to the delight of the KBO Power Enhancement Committee and national team manager Ryu Jung-il.
In the end, the team defeated Chinese Taipei 2-0 to win their fourth straight tournament. From the first day of the tournament, Ryu personally expressed his disappointment at Lee’s elimination. With Kwak Bin (Doosan) unable to play even one game, the team was indeed short on starters. However, coach Ryu Jung-il also spoke of the result.
As Lee watched his team win the gold medal, he congratulated his teammates, including Choi Jimin, but he would be lying if he said he didn’t have some regrets in the back of his mind. Any athlete would consider it an honor to be selected for the national team, not to mention the military service benefits.
But what’s done is done. For Lee, it’s all about doing the best you can with what you have. That’s exactly what he did, and now he just needs to play for KIA in the last five. “I will play for KIA now,” he said.
KIA has eight games left. They are 3.5 games behind fifth-place SSG. It’s hard to get back into the top five on your own. We need a miracle. They have to be ready to win almost all of their remaining games. Lee Yi-ri’s performance is urgent. He is likely to start against Gwangju Samsung Electronics on the 9th and Gwangju NC on the 16th.
Lee has another chance to make the national team. There’s the 2024 Premier 12 and the Nagoya-Aichi Asian Games in three years. It is expected to attract attention because of the special military service exemption. There”s a good chance that baseball will be back at the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. If you watch out for slumps and injuries, there will always be plenty of opportunities.메이저사이트
For now, the industry’s eyes are on the APBC in November. Lee is on the preliminary roster. If the KBO Power Enhancement Committee selects Lee to the final roster, it will be controversial again. The decision of the APBC commander (vacant) is also a variable.