The longer the silence, the more behind the scenes. Whether it’s an apology, an explanation, or a conviction that he has no regrets for his remarks, the follow-up is regrettable.
Choo Shin-soo of SSG Landers is still silent about the comments regarding the WBC national team and Ahn Woo-jin.
In mid-January, Choo Shin-soo appeared on a Korean radio broadcast in Dallas, USA, and made controversial comments about the composition of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) team and Ahn Woo-jin.
Choo Shin-soo said, “In the case of Japan, there are many new faces when international competitions are held. If you look at us, there are many veteran players such as Kim Hyun-soo, Kim Gwang-hyun, and Yang Hyeon-jong. Of course, they are players who have enough skills to go to the competition. However, I think I would have looked at the future rather than the current results.”
“In my experience, there are many good young players. When you participate in international competitions such as the WBC from a young age, the feelings and mind itself change. For example, Moon Dong-ju is said to lack control, but he doesn’t have that much pitching ability. The same goes for Ahn Woo-jin. It is Korean baseball’s job to create opportunities for such players to compete in international competitions,” he said.
Regarding Ahn Woo-jin, who had a history of school violence, comments that were far from the general Korean sentiment and public opinion of fans continued. Choo Shin-soo said, “In a way, he is a player who can become the second best after Park Chan-ho. He plays baseball in Korea, but there are so many things that don’t make sense. He did something wrong when he was younger, but he is now remorseful and has been suspended. Even so, he can’t go to the national team. There are so many things to say.”
Furthermore, “It seems that forgiveness is not easy in Korea. There is something I want to say to many seniors. Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you’re a senior. If there is a junior who is being treated unreasonably like this, he thinks he should take off his feet. But nobody steps out. If my juniors are exercising in the wrong place, I should try to change them, but I just watch them. It’s a pity,” he said, criticizing seniors in the baseball world.
Colleagues, seniors, and fans all disagree with Choo Shin-soo’s remarks, but Choo Shin-soo is my way. Recently, about 10 reporters visited the SSG spring camp in Vero Beach, Florida, USA. However, Choo Shin-soo is silent and does not respond to the interview.
Mr. A, who is Shin-soo Choo’s “baseball senior” and is living as a leader, said, “I wonder if the seniors thought as much as Shin-soo Choo. He showed an unpleasant reaction, saying, “I wonder if he didn’t choose An Woo-jin without thinking.”
“Choo Shin-soo will retire and end his life in Korea completely. He has to change his image if he wants to become a leader or coach in Korea. If he wants to work for Korean baseball, he must follow the Korean sentiment. He has to talk once and then rob and go. He talked about it in a certain way, but it will end only if he says he is sorry or thinks wrong.”
Park Chan-ho recently visited the Kiwoom camp to encourage An Woo-jin, and then commented on Choo Shin-soo’s remarks, saying, “If Choo Shin-soo is the manager, it is true. However, Ahn Woo-jin is not yet. The times do not want An Woo-jin yet,” he said.
Kim Hyun-soo, who was selected for the WBC national team this time, is his 10th national team appearance after his professional debut. He said, “The national team doesn’t go out because they want to, but because they are selected. I won’t go out, I’ll go out, it’s not like I can go out like this. I think it is right that the player who is the best right now is selected, and that a player with skills go out regardless of age.” 온라인바카라
It is a content that refutes Choo Shin-soo’s remarks, but Kim Hyun-soo said, “It was an answer to the question, and each person’s thoughts. He thinks he can say what he thinks.”
Does Choo Shin-soo think that he does not need to correct his remarks? Or does he think that with time he will be forgotten? Or does he think that no matter what anyone says, all you have to do is play baseball hard and play baseball well. A player who ignores controversy and is only good at baseball with the tag of controversy can receive a high salary, but he will not receive the love of fans.
Kang Jung-ho had an outstanding performance in the major leagues, but his career was in crisis due to a drunk driving accident. A total of three drunk driving records were revealed, including a previous accident. After that, his life in the major leagues ended, and in 2020, he made a surprise attempt to return to the KBO league without a proper apology, but failed in the face of extreme opposition from fans.
He wanted to return by signing with Kiwoom again in 2022, but KBO made the decision not to approve the player contract, conscious of the criticism of the fans. In the end, Kang Jung-ho gave up his KBO return and naturally retired, and is currently taking baseball lessons in LA, USA.
Choo Shin-soo, who played 16 years in the major leagues, starts playing in the KBO League in 2020 and returns to Dallas, USA, where his family is located during the off-season.