Park Se-woong (Lotte Giants), the ‘Ace of glasses’, started wearing the Taegeuk mark at the Tokyo Olympics two years ago.
At that time, Park Se-woong received great expectations for his outstanding pitch and was active in his team, Lotte. Park Se-woong showed excellent pitches by appearing in the bullpen one after another in the group stage match against the United States and the knockout stage match against the Dominican Republic. Park Se-woong, who pitched one scoreless inning in the loser’s semi-final against the United States, did his part by pitching well in the bronze medal match against the Dominican Republic. However, it was regrettable that Park Se-woong, who had a good pitch at the time, could not be used more actively.
Park Se-woong, who was selected for the 2023 WBC (World Baseball Classic) national team, looked back at the time and said, “Coach Kang-cheol Lee always said, ‘If I do my part in the position I am in, I will get good results.’ I will try to do my best,” he promised.
On the 25th (hereinafter Korean time), Park Se-woong recorded 2 innings, 3 hits, 4 walks and no runs in a practice game against KT Wiz held at Keno Veteran Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Arizona, USA. 32 pitches in total. Park Se-woong, who gave up 2 hits, 1 strikeout and 1 run against 5 batters against the KIA Tigers on the 20th, proved that he is quickly improving his condition with stable pitching that day. 메이저놀이터
Park Se-woong looked back on the game that day, saying, “I think the fastball was overall good. The slider tended to fall out a little, and the ball count battle was a little disappointing.” Park Se-woong, who joined the national team after getting on a plane to the United States immediately after warming up at Sangdong Stadium in Gimhae, the futures (2nd division) stadium, not Guam, Lotte’s 1st spring camp, said, “I trained in Sangdong without much trouble. I even did live pitching once. passed,” he said. Regarding the official ball for the tournament, he explained, “There is a feeling that the forkball falls out a little, but the curve and slider feel like they are more pressed than I thought.”
In this game, pitchers also used MLB rosin for the first time to be used in the WBC. Park Se-woong said, “At first, I thought it was the same as KBO league rosin, but after my hands sweated, it felt a little more sticky when I touched it.”
The national team is focusing on winning against Australia, the first match of the first round of the WBC finals. The pitching staff is also keen on analyzing the Australian batter. Park Se-woong said, “(National team pitchers) talk a lot about the swing trajectory of Australian batters. There seem to be a lot of upper-wing hitters, so I think we should prepare for that.”