The KBO All-Star Game that made everyone smile…’Man Lupo’ Chae Eun-sung MVP

The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), which has been plagued by a number of bad news stories, has put a smile on its face with the All-Star Game.카지노사이트

The 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO All-Star Game, held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 15th, was enough to entertain fans’ eyes and ears.

In the end, the Nanum All-Stars (Nexen, NC, LG, KIA, and Hanwha) defeated the Dream All-Stars (Samsung, SK, Doosan, Lotte, and KT) 8-4. It was the second consecutive victory for the Nanum All-Stars, who also won 6-3 last year in extra innings thanks to Jung Eun-won’s (Hanwha) game-winning home run.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, Mr All-Star, went to Chae Eun-sung (Hanwha). Chae hit the game-winning hit in the first inning and followed it up with a grand slam in the fourth inning.

With a 4-0 lead and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning, Chae Eun-sung took a first-pitch fastball from the fourth Dream All-Star pitcher, Koo Seung-min (Lotte), and sent it over the outfield fence.

It was only the second time in 41 years and the second time in history that a walk-off home run has been hit in an All-Star game since Kim Yong-hee (Lotte-Dongdaemun Stadium) in 1982, the first year of professional baseball.

With her five RBIs on the day, Chae Eun-sung tied the record for most RBIs in a single All-Star Game (five) set by Han Yoo-seom (SSG) in 2019. Having won the All-Star Home Run Race the previous day with five home runs, Chae became the first player in history to win both the Mr All-Star and All-Star Home Run Mania titles.

Chae Eun-sung received a total of 56 votes (91.8 per cent) out of 61 votes for MVP from the journalists, beating Socrates (KIA – 5 votes) by a landslide. She took home 15 million won in prize money from the All-Star Game, including 5 million won for winning the Home Run Race and 10 million won for All-Star MVP.

Dream All-Stars vs. Nanum All-Stars in the baseball game ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO All-Star Game’ held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 15th. Dream’s Koo Ja-woo laments after being fouled out of the batter’s box while wearing a wig. Photo by Yonhap
As the All-Star Game is a festival that brings players and fans together, the various performances of the players attracted attention. ‘Flower boy’ Koo Ja-roo (Samsung) appeared in cross-dressing with a long hair wig, causing laughter at Sajik Stadium. Socrates, along with his KIA Tigers teammates Choi Ji-min and Lee Woo-sung, arrived at the plate blowing trumpets before hitting a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.

David Buchanan (Samsung) was the player who caught the most attention. Buchanan didn’t take the mound today, having thrown a complete game shutout just two days earlier, but instead entertained fans with a variety of performances from the first to the ninth inning.

Buchanan, who showed off his dance skills from the first to the ninth inning, came up to bat in the top of the ninth inning and drew a walk-off single against Nanum All-Star closer Ko Woo-seok (LG), causing Sajik Stadium to erupt.

Dream All-Stars vs. Nanum All-Stars in the ‘2023 KBO All-Star Game’ at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 15th. Dream Team’s Kim Min-seok dances to Jenny’s solo before stepping up to the plate with the bases loaded in the third inning. Photo by Yonhap
Kim Min-seok (Lotte), who was making his first appearance at the All-Star Game as a high school graduate, also stole the spotlight. Nicknamed “Sajik Jenny” because of his resemblance to Blackpink’s Jenny, Kim impressed fans with a stunning K-pop dance before his first at-bat. The dance earned her the Best Performance Award and a cash prize of 3 million won.

At the All-Star Game, the Best Hitter award went to Socrates (4-for-4, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBIs) and the Best Pitcher award went to Park Young-hyun (KT – 1 inning, 1 strikeout, no runs). Ahn Chi-hong (Lotte) won the Outstanding Defence Award, which was established this year. They received a cash prize of 3 million won.

Prior to the game, five former Lotte players – Kim Yong-hee (1982-1984), Heo Kyu-ok (1989), Kim Min-ho (1990), Kim Eung-guk (1991) and Jeon Jun-woo (2013) – took to the mound as pitchers.

Twenty-two thousand nine hundred fans attended the game at Sajik Stadium, marking the 22nd sold-out All-Star Game in history. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the KBO invited a veteran of the war to serve as the flag bearer for the pregame ceremony. A performance by the Navy’s Jinhae Base Command Drill Team was held during the cleaning time.

The Dream All-Stars vs. Nanum All-Stars game of the 2023 KBO All-Star Game was held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 15th. Baseball fans wearing the uniforms of their respective teams cheer enthusiastically. Photo by Yonhap

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