“I was awkward too.” Koo Seung-min, who plays his role as ‘Pil Seung-jo’ on the Lotte Giants mound, was with Doosan Bears at a special place ahead of the home game held at Sajik Stadium on the 9th.
It was to help musical actor Son Ji-soo, who pitched the first pitcher before the game that day. Son took on the role of Christine in the musical ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.
To commemorate the Busan performance of The Phantom of the Opera, the first pitch was prepared, and Son went up to the mound. Koo Seung-min helped Son prepare the first pitch.
Lotte’s Koo Seung-min pitches on the mound at the bottom of the 7th inning of the opening match between Doosan Bears and Lotte Giants in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the afternoon of the 1st. [Photo = iNews24 Photo DB]
There is a reason why Seung-min Koo acted as the ‘first pitch helper’. The Phantom of the Opera Korean performance was held in Busan after 13 years and 22 years in Busan. With this meaning in mind, Son threw the first pitch in a Lotte uniform with the number ’22’ engraved on it.
22 is Koo Seung-min’s uniform number. He wore number 43 in 2013 as a rookie, then changed to number 70 in 2015. 22 was used by senior Kim Dae-woo (retired) and passed it on to Koo Seung-min in 2018.
Koo Seung-min said, “I’ve only watched the pitching class, but this time I did it myself. It was my first time, so I was awkward.” He said of Son, “I saw him simply for a short time, but he basically had a good posture.”
Koo Seung-min added, “I hope that the concert in Busan this time will be successful, and I will also cheer for you on stage.” Koo Seung-min did not have a chance to climb the Meound on this day. Lotte lost to Doosan 2-5.
However, Lotte recorded 2 wins and 1 loss in 3 consecutive home matches against Doosan this week, winning a winning series and feeling good on the road to Suwon. Koo Seung-min appeared against Doosan on the 10th and recorded 1.1 scoreless innings and added a hold to help Lotte win 2-0.
He appeared on the mound on the 11th, the last day of the three-game series against Doosan, but this time he could not raise a hold. He allowed 2 hits, 2 strikeouts and 1 run (no earned runs) in 1 inning. Lotte won a thrilling 7-6 victory over Doosan with Noh Jin-hyeok’s finishing hit in the bottom of the 10th after an extended game.메이저놀이터
On the 1st of last month (April), he took revenge for the loss in the end of the season opener against Doosan held at Jamsil Stadium. From the 12th, Lotte will start a three-weekend schedule against KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon.
Koo Seung-min, who is running first in the division with 9 holds, is also waiting to pitch as always.