Lotte Giants captain Ahn Chi-hong, 33, is one of the few seniors in the Lotte squad who is known to be a bitter critic.
Recently, he gave some advice to rookie outfielder Kim Min-seok. On April 10 against Gochuk Kiwoom, he advised Kim to make the right play in the situation after he rushed and missed Lee Yong-kyu’s ordinary grounder with the bases loaded and one out.
Ahn said at the time, “There were a lot of runners on first base. Kim Min-seok came in and saw the runners. I told him that there was no point in catching the runner, that he could have just caught it, but he was in a hurry. I told him that I wanted him to make the right play in the right situation,” he explained.
Ahn Chi-hong, a one-hit wonder instructor on ‘mental management,’ gives both criticism and encouragement. The same was true for the SSG match on the 15th. Lotte won 10-6, but Lotte scored first in the fourth inning. For Park Se-woong, the starting pitcher, it was a disappointing inning.
He was perfect until the third inning, when he gave up a surprise bunt single to Choo Shin-soo, the leadoff hitter in the fourth. He then gave up a double to Choi Joo-hwan and a single to Choi Jung-jeong in left field, neither of which could be considered hits, but he still gave up two runs. Along the way, he made a couple of errors that could have cost him the game.
In particular, Ahn Chi-hong was responsible for the mistake in the replay after giving up a double to Choi Joo-hwan, so he apologized to Park Se-woong. In the end, he overcame the fourth inning deficit and pitched six innings of four-hit ball, two walks, three strikeouts, and a quality start to lead his team to a 10-6 victory.
After the game, Park said, “After (An) Chi-hong gave up the first run, he told me, ‘Don’t think about the run you gave up, you’re still pitching well, so let’s keep it up. That gave me a lot of strength,” he explained.
“Even when I gave up the first run, (Jung) Bo-geun reminded me that there were more bunts and misses than hits. He said, ‘Don’t worry about it, just keep throwing like you are,’ so I just kept throwing,” he added. 파워볼사이트