Why did the patriotism overflowing in 2009 disappear after being exempted from military service?
Choo Shin-soo (SSG)’s nuclear bomb remarks are shaking the baseball world. In an interview with a local Korean radio station in the US where he has his home, he would have said that he would wear a ‘arms’ and throw a bitter sound for the development of Korean baseball, but the result would have been unexpected.
Choo Shin-soo has risen to the ranks of stars after experiencing the American major league and advanced baseball. The ripple effect of his words was enormous. A good example is the appearance of the locker room at Jamsil Stadium, which has been subject to complaints for 10 years, instantly transformed with the appearance of Shin-soo Choo.
If so, did you think that if you honestly talked about the issue of selecting the national team this time and the issue of avoiding your own national team, you would get support from everyone?
The biggest controversy is Ahn Woo-jin (Kiwoom). Even if there was a mistake in school violence in the past, it is necessary to open the way because you have digested the discipline and reflected on it.
Opinions may differ on this issue. I am cautious because the victim’s pain cannot completely disappear, but Choo Shin-soo also approached it with some logic. In fact, this national team also included players who caused controversy in the past, such as drunk driving and banned drugs. It is inconsistent in terms of equity.
And in the end, he is playing on the professional stage receiving applause from fans. The KBO and reporters even gave him a Golden Glove. If a player made a mistake in this level of uproar, it is right that he should not be given an annual salary of hundreds of millions of won and the right to receive the highest award. There is a problem of sanctity as a national representative, but it may seem strange to Choo Shin-soo that it works here and not here.
Aside from the An Woo-jin issue, in fact, what was more shocking in this controversy was Choo Shin-soo’s explanation of the national team’s ‘eating and running’ controversy. Shin-soo Choo won a gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou and received military service benefits, and has never worn a national team uniform. Choo Shin-soo was injured, and the club dissuaded him, but he said that he could not take full responsibility alone, and people said, “I don’t know the story.”
But if you turn the clock back to 2009, his story loses its persuasiveness. Choo Shin-soo, who underwent elbow surgery in 2007, has been attracting attention since mid-2008 by showing a tremendous blow. He made a 14 home run season. The 2009 season was the most important season in baseball life for Choo Shin-soo. It was a chance to become a clear starter of the team following the upward trend in 2008. At this time, not being able to properly participate in the spring camp was a huge bad news for Choo Shin-soo.
But there were two WBCs. Choo Shin-soo’s will to participate was strong. The Cleveland team stopped him from participating in the tournament due to elbow pain, but Choo Shin-soo said he would play as a designated hitter or pinch hitter. Coach Kim In-sik, who led the national team at the time, was angry at Cleveland’s excessive interference. However, he took Shin-soo Choo to the end. An important comment was made. He said, “Benefits come only when you do well, so you just have to sit down. Cleveland should understand that too.” After all, 스포츠토토 participation in the WBC was an extension of the selection for the Guangzhou Asian Games held the following year.
Choo Shin-soo, who finished participating in the WBC after overcoming such a huge set of bad news, got on the Guangzhou Asian Games team as expected (?). At this time, receiving military service benefits led to the ‘Texas FA jackpot’.
However, Choo Shin-soo, who showed enthusiasm for the national team even with a bandage on his elbow, disappeared after winning the gold medal. Ahead of the 3rd WBC in 2012, the KBO and the coaching staff wanted Choo Shin-soo to join, but he declined. After that season, he was a free agent. Spring camp was just as important as 2009. And his choice was the exact opposite.
This is the reason why there seems to be no escape, no matter what reason is given for the ‘eating and running’ controversy. At the time, the KBO announced that, unlike the 1st and 2nd tournaments, there was virtually no way for the club to prevent the selection unless the player withdrew.
Same in 2017. As in 2009, he was able to find ways to run as a designated hitter or as a pinch hitter. With Shin-soo Choo’s presence, even just swinging a bat on the bench could have made the opponent daunted. Choo Shin-soo emphasized that he had a lot of sore spots at the time, and that he had a 4-5 year contract with Texas, and who would take care of it if he got hurt. The word “backward control” keeps coming to me unfortunately. In the end, it may be a fact that the Texas club made a total decision not to participate, but it means that the final decision was made by you.