Doosan Yang-ji, sleepless night in Changwon…”I’m more sorry for NC fans”
Doosan catcher Yang Ji-soo’s face was a mixture of emotions on Tuesday afternoon before the team’s 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League game against NC at Changwon NC Park.
Yang arrived in Changwon with the Doosan squad the day before. But he couldn’t sleep. It was his first away game since joining the team. Yang Ji joined Doosan as a free agent last winter. Yang has a lot of good memories in NC. He left Doosan as a free agent in 2019 and donned the NC uniform, most notably leading the team to its first championship in 2020. At that time, Yang clinched the Korean Series title and made a memorable display of raising an executioner’s sword as a victory ceremony.
This won’t be his first encounter with the NC this season.안전놀이터 The team played a three-game midweek series against NC at Doosan’s home stadium, Jamsil Stadium, from April 4-6 last month. “I think the excitement will be the same,” Yang said. I had a sleepless night last night. I woke up early in the morning, so I think I walked around a bit,” he said. “I wish I could have come (to Changwon) sooner, but it’s been a while. This was a burden on my mind. Now that I can say hello to you, I think I can play a little more comfortably.”
When asked by the media whether she felt grateful or sorry, Yang said, “I think sorry is the bigger emotion.” She added, “Really, not only me, but all my family members have had a good life here, and I have met a lot of good people. There are a lot of people who are close to me. I feel a lot of gratitude, but I also feel a lot of regret.”
At the ballpark, Yang met up with his old teammates for the first time in a long time. When he arrived at the stadium, he met NC head coach Kang In-hwa first. “I said hello to him first. I asked him a lot of questions about his health and well-being, as he seemed to be under a lot of stress during the game,” he said. “I promised him that I would throw him a fastball if we met, but I think he knew I had a good feeling and didn’t come in,” he laughed, referring to Koo Chang-mo, who had been left out of the first team roster to rest. “I spoke to him yesterday, and I told him to come as soon as possible. She asked me to have a meal with her later.”
Meanwhile, Yang Ji rushed home in the first inning against Samsung Electronics in Jamsil on April 24 and collided with opposing catcher Kim Tae-kun. Yang Ji suffered a right shin injury. It wasn’t a major injury, but he needed to rest. Luckily, the team’s two games against Jamsil SSG last weekend were rained out, giving him time to recover. Yang was named to the starting lineup as the No. 3 designated hitter. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been home and I ate at my favorite restaurant, so I feel like I’m in good shape. I had short rib soup today,” Yang said.