In an interview before the Korean Series, LG Twins’ Lee Jung-yong said he was “depressed” about joining the military. But in December, when he was about to enlist, his mood brightened. “A year and a half is a short time,” he said, adding that he would return to his fans soon. It seems to be a positive effect of winning the championship.토토사이트
On February 2, Lee Jung-yong attended the ‘2023 LOVE Giving Festival with Championship’ held at the Peace Hall of Kyung Hee University’s Seoul Campus, where he had a great time with his fans and said goodbye to his enlistment.
Lee signed autographs during the nearly two-hour fan signing session, and also had a dance session with fans at the main event. Park Hae-min, a senior, brought a surprise military uniform for Lee Jung-yong, who wore it and even gave a colossus salute as a fan service. “I think a year and a half is shorter than I thought, and I will come back healthy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the fans,” he said as he enlisted.
“I’ve been busy,” Lee Jung Yong said as he left the event with a package of gifts from his fans, “I can’t wait to go to the army, and I want to enjoy it more. It’s like half and half,” he laughed. “I think I’m a very happy person because I won the championship, so I’m enjoying it now,” he said, adding, “It’s meaningful that I was able to greet the fans before I left. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to see him, but it was great to see him through this event.”
Lee made the transition to the starting rotation midseason and has been a solid starter for LG in the second half of the season with his forkball. In 37 games this year, Lee went 7-2 with a 4.15 ERA and three saves, but in the second half of the year, he went 4-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 11 games as a starter. In the Korean Series, he pitched out of the bullpen and had one of the most memorable moments of the tournament, securing the win with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 3.
Lee had planned to start at Sangmu, but he credits the midseason switch to starting as a huge benefit for him. “I thought I could go to (Sangmu) and then (start), but I’m glad I went and experienced it,” Lee said, adding, “I think it was a great season for me to learn about baseball before I went, and I think it will help me a lot in the future.”
Lee joined the Merchant Marine on December 18 and was discharged on June 17, 2015. When he returns, he will most likely play in the first team right away.
Lee has two plans for the team. He wants to get in shape and start full-time. “I’m at my smallest weight now. I lost weight due to stress during the season, but then I got enteritis and lost more weight, and I didn’t come back,” he said, adding, “When I go to Sangmu, I’ll work hard on my weight training and build up my body.” “I started this year, but I didn’t play full-time,” Lee said. “Next year, I want to play full-time at Sangmu as long as I don’t overdo it, and the next year, I want to go out as a starter and then come back and continue to play.”
Lee Jung-yong said, “After next year, I’ll be here in the first half of next year, so it won’t be long.” He said, “I’ll be healthy.” At the end of the interview, he asked for a photo and showed off the gifts he received from his fans. It was a sign that he would not forget their love.