Ha-seong Kim is the main character of ‘ML’s first’… Local fans are enthusiastic about the fearful ‘batter number 9’v
This is the number 9 batter of real fear. Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego) became the first major league player. Local fans in San Diego go wild whenever Kim Ha-seong steps into the plate.
On the 4th (Korean time), in the 2023 Major League home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, Ha-seong Kim started as the ninth batter and second baseman, and hit a home run. 4 at-bats, 1 hit (1 home run), 1 RBI, 1 strikeout. Ha-seong Kim’s batting average for the season after the game that day was 0.385.안전놀이터
It was the bottom of the ninth with San Diego trailing 3-4. David Dahl, who started as the leadoff hitter, hit a left-leaning solo shot against Arizona closer Scott McGuff. Petco Park has become even hotter.
The next hitter was Kim Ha-seong. Previously, Kim Ha-seong stopped hitting in all three at-bats. He retired on a grounder to third base in the bottom of the second inning, a grounder in front of the pitcher in the bottom of the fourth, and a foul flyout to first baseman in the bottom of the seventh, respectively.
However, in the end, a single shot in the ninth inning changed everything. Kim Ha-seong calmly picked out the first and second pitches and sent a third strike. 4th pitch is ball. Kim Ha-seong scored an advantageous ball count of 3-1.
And the 5th pitch. After seeing McGuff’s slider (145.1 km), Kim Ha-seong swung the bat vigorously without delay. The ball was hit and went over the left wall. It was the moment when Kim Ha-seong decorated his first home run of the season with an exhilarating run-off catch.
This was the first home run in the career of Ha-seong Kim, who entered the major leagues in 2021. At the same time, it was Kim Ha-seong who became the first major league hero. According to MLB.com, the official homepage of the Major League Baseball, this month-Kim Ha-seong is the first time batters 8 and 9 have hit back-to-back home runs in the major leagues. In the case of the Major League National League, it is difficult to hit a home run because the pitcher usually enters the ninth batting order. Anyway, Ha-seong Kim became a page in the history of the major leagues.
Praise is also pouring in from the local area. MLB.com introduced Ha-sung Kim’s ending ceremony scene on the main screen and said, “San Diego has shown amazing magic.” The San Diego club also exclaimed, “How can you not love Ha-Seong Kim?” through their official SNS account.
Ahead of this season, Kim Ha-seong showed his enthusiasm by changing the notation of his name to be engraved on his uniform. Previously, only ‘KIM’ was engraved on the back of the uniform. However, he decided to add his initials (HS) before his last name (KIM) this season. It was to discriminate against Kim’s players who had played in the major leagues. In an interview with local media last winter, Kim Ha-seong said, “I want the fans to remember me as Kim Ha-seong.
And from the beginning of this year’s opening, he has been making a big success and clearly imprinting his name. San Diego fans go wild whenever they see Kim Ha-sung. Even in the postseason last year, Ha-seong Kim was the home fans who went wild whenever he entered the plate. Local fans always give a lot of applause to Ha-sung Kim’s fighting spirit, who plays hustle. In the game against Arizona held at Petco Park on the 5th (Korean time), when Ha-seong Kim entered the first at-bat, the home fans chanted “Ha Sung-Kim” vigorously. Interest is focused on how far he will fly this season.