Choo Shin-soo (41, SSG Landers) made a statement about Korean culture while mentioning the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team. Ahn Woo-jin (24, Kiwoom Heroes) also expressed his opinion on the fact that he was not listed on the national team.
On the 21st (Korean time), Choo Shin-soo appeared on ‘DKNET’, a Korean radio station in Dallas, Texas, USA, and talked about misunderstandings and the Taegeuk mark toward himself in the past.
First of all, he said about the so-called ‘National Team Eating Controversy’ surrounding him, “I would rather ask those who think so badly and misunderstand, ‘Is there a reason why I shouldn’t go out?’. I’m not sick, so why can’t I go out?” Choo Shin-soo contributed greatly to winning the 2009 World Baseball Classic runner-up as a national representative and winning the gold medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. But after that, he couldn’t wear the Taegeuk mark.
Choo Shin-soo said, “I was injured 4 times during the 2016 season. My calf almost broke, so I took a break for about 8 weeks. I also had back surgery, and I broke my wrist with a ball that hit my body. After getting injured like that, I decided to compete in the 2017 WBC tournament. I talked to him. The team leader said absolutely no. He said, ‘How much money do we pay for our annual salary, but if we go and get hurt (what will we do)?'” he explained. He added, “At the time, spring camp was a rehabilitation period for me. But I couldn’t go to many (international competitions) before, so I wanted to go out even more at that time.”
Choo Shin-soo also revealed what he thinks about American culture. He said, “Americans never say, ‘Don’t do it’ or ‘Do it.’ I ask for 바카라.”
“I insisted that I go, so even the president of the club came to the Arizona spring camp. He said, ‘We have to win this year, and to do that, you must be there.’ He even said, “Then, the club statement said that it was not that kind of content, but that it meant that I did not want to go out. I have more contract terms left in Texas… Who will take care of the aftermath?”
He also made a statement about Korean culture along with the generational change of the national team.
He said of this national team, “I think I would have looked at the future. If I had looked at the future rather than the immediate performance, many (veteran) players should not have gone. I think a lot of new players should have been selected.” A lot,” he said.
“When they go to international competitions, their emotions and minds are vastly different. Things to do in Korean baseball after they come back, for example, Dong-ju Moon says that he lacks control, but there are no pitchers who throw that much. The same goes for An Woo-jin,” he said. It is also the job of Korean baseball to make players shine abroad in international competitions,” he said.
He also revealed his opinion on Ahn Woo-jin. Choo Shin-soo said, “I definitely did the wrong thing. As a third person, I talk only by hearing and seeing, but it’s very unfortunate. I went abroad and in a way, I’m the next most talented player after Park Chan-ho… I’m playing baseball in Korea, but I don’t understand There are too many parts,” he said, “rather than (I) cover it, it seems that it is not easy for us to forgive in Korea.”
He said, “I made (mistakes) when I was young. I repented of my mistakes and was punished with a suspension, but I can’t participate in international competitions. Oh, I have a lot to say…” and then said, “I am a senior. Many seniors. There’s something I want to say to you guys, just because you were born early and played baseball early doesn’t make you a senior. If there’s someone who has experienced such an unreasonable thing, seniors should step up and step in. But no one steps forward. That’s too bad. Just because you played baseball first doesn’t make you an adult. Juniors. If people are going the wrong way and exercising in the wrong place, they should raise their voice to change something properly and try to help, but they just watch.”