Kim Hui-jip expressed his impressions of the final stroke.
Kiwoom Heroes won the match against Samsung Lions in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on April 20. On this day, Kiwoom won 6-1 and escaped from a two-game losing streak.
Kim Hwi-jip, who played as third baseman 6 times that day, recorded 1 hit and 3 RBIs in 4 at-bats. He hit a three-run double in the first inning, and it became the game-winning hit of the day.
Regarding the moment of the final stroke, Kim Hui-jip said, “I tried not to miss it.” “In fact, I didn’t have many memories of hitting well in the chance. I prepared a lot this year, but it wasn’t good in the beginning. I had a lot of thoughts, but today I tried to hit as if there were no runners. It worked well in the first at-bat, but it didn’t work again after that,” he laughed.
Although he scored the final blow that day, Kim Hui-jip’s batting average for the season is still in the 10% range. Kim Hwi-jip said, “I’m trying to focus on the process. Recently, the results are following me, but I’m still lacking. But it’s the beginning of the season, so I try not to think in a hurry.”
In the first inning, Kim Hui-jip, who played a defensive game to catch a foul ball that fell into the Samsung dugout, laughed and said, “I was very lucky.” Kim Hwi-jip said, “There is a high probability of catching the ball that came into sight. The ball also came into sight and it did not fly higher than expected. If I ran and jumped in and caught it with all my might, there would be a risk of injury, but I caught it while moving slowly, so the risk of injury was low.” I saw.
Kim Hui-jip, who changed his mind at the chance, also made technical changes during the winter. His batting average is still in the 10% range, but all 6 hits he recorded this year were long (2 homers, 4 doubles). Regarding this, Kim Hui-jip said, “There has been a big change in my baseball life. What has not been fixed in my life has been fixed. The results are not perfect yet, but I am going positively. I have changed my stance, but I want to know.” Kim Hui-jip added, “I think it’s important to hit a long hit without being conscious of it.” 안전놀이터
Shortstop Kim Hui-jip has been spending a lot of time at third base this year. This is because the team re-signed shortstop Russell, who was a ‘Major League All-Star’. Kim Hwi-jip said, “I think third base is more difficult than shortstop. In particular, the field of view of the batter is narrow. At shortstop, everything the pitcher and batter are swinging can be seen at a glance, but at third base it is not. I look at the batter’s bat and start defense, but third base I can’t see that well in ”, so it’s difficult. I think I know why it’s a hot corner.”
Regarding Russell, who showed Hosobi that day, Kim Hwi-jip said, “The ninth inning bare-handed catch was really cool. He was like a World Series winning shortstop.” It’s really good,” he praised.