For Choo Shin-soo (41) of ‘Chu-Choo Train’, ‘winning’ seemed pretty sweet. So he prepares to run with the goal of ‘winning’ once more. In the process, he is taking care of those around him in his own way.
In an interview with OSEN at the end of 2022, Choo Shin-soo said, “I spent the winter receiving a lot of congratulations for winning. I think the reason why I exercise like this during the offseason is because I want to feel the moment of winning one more time next season.”
Choo Shin-soo, who played 16 seasons on the US Major League stage in 2021, entered the KBO League wearing an SSG uniform. It was a very welcome thing for Korean baseball fans.
In 137 games in his first season in the KBO, Shin-soo Choo recorded a batting average of 2.6, 5 runs, 21 homers, 25 stolen bases, 69 RBIs, an slugging percentage of .451 and an on-base percentage of .409. He was selected as an All-Star in his first year of entering the KBO League, and on October 5 of that year, he hit a home run against LG in Jamsil, completing the record for the oldest with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases at the age of 39 years, 2 months and 22 days.
It was a record that exceeded Yang Jun-hyeok’s record of 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases (38 years, 4 months, 9 days), the oldest ever. In addition, Choo Shin-soo got his 100th walk of the season against the Changwon NC Dinos on October 26 last year, and Yang Jun-hyuk also increased the record of the oldest single season 100 walks (37 years, 3 months, 26 days) to 39 years, 3 months and 13 days.
Last season, in 112 games, he recorded a batting average of .259 (106 hits in 409 bats), 16 homers, 58 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, .430 slugging percentage, .382 OPS, and .812. In his first season in the KBO League, he had a hard time adjusting, and in his second season, there were days when he was injured while playing without sacrificing himself.
He had a frustrating time, but in the fall of 2022, Shin-soo Choo achieved a victory in his home country that he had not experienced even on the major league stage. It also became a member of the ‘Unified Champion’ from winning the KBO’s first regular season ‘Wire to Wire’ to winning the Korean Series. 슬롯사이트
Choo Shin-soo still cannot forget that moment. Choo Shin-soo, who was tearful after confirming the championship in Game 6 of the Korean Series, said in an interview, “We won the championship because of hard work. It makes me proud,” he said. On this day, he emphasized that pride should lead to confidence. It was something I wanted to say to my juniors.
Choo Shin-soo said, “I always tell you to think. Even if it doesn’t happen or the results aren’t good, I want you to think ‘I can do it’ or ‘It’s possible’ at that moment.”
In fact, this feeling was expressed by Choo Shin-soo talking a lot with his juniors over the past two seasons. So the atmosphere of the SSG team has also changed. An atmosphere was created to prepare for the game by moving a little earlier and actively finding more things to do.
He emphasizes that “one thought can change many things.” This kind of mind is not only shared with juniors, but also “children” such as Mubin Choo, Gunwoo Choo, and Sohee Choo
. Choo Shin-soo also knows. He confessed, “I shouldn’t show off. I say, ‘I’m a human too,’ but I try to control my mind.”
He is active in sharing good things with everyone. Thank you gifts were delivered to 55 people. A total of 50 million won worth of Shinsegae gift certificates were presented to those who supported the team by working quietly behind the scenes such as the bus, locker room, laundry room, team cafeteria, ground, cheering seat, and training ground
. I think the record of the players has improved because the invisible officials cared for our players.” .
SSG athletes and related employees are addicted to Choo Shin-soo’s unique expression and values. Of course, there are times when it is difficult. At that time, he said, “When it’s a bit difficult and bad, I always look back on the path I’ve walked and think a lot.” “I think about those difficult times and compare them. Then, thinking ‘it’s not that hard’, I just pass by casually,” he said calmly.
Choo Shin-soo, who rules himself and takes care of the people by his side. Even in 2023, he wants to prepare himself to express himself. He will exercise in the United States before his peers and will face spring camp in 2023.