“When you go, you say you’re going, and when you come, you have to say you’re here.”
He’s been with Incheon longer than the club. After 23 years with Incheon, including stints with the SK Wyverns and SSG Landers, Kim was selected by the Hanwha Eagles in the second round of the postseason draft last year. A veteran beyond reproach, Kim was faced with the choice between retirement and extending his playing career.
During the transfer process and after his decision, Kim refused to be interviewed by any media outlet. He had a lot on his mind and a lot to organize. Rather than avoiding the media, he waited for what he thought was the right time and sequence.
Then, a voice came through the YouTube channel of retired ‘legend’ Kim Tae-gyun, who was the same age as him. He was on the phone with Hanwha playing coach Jung Woo-ram. Kim Kang-min responded to Jung Woo-ram’s comment, “I was thinking about who to have as the next guest, and I wanted to recommend you,” and Kim Tae-gyun’s comment, “You should definitely come out,” by saying, “I haven’t been officially interviewed by Hanwha yet. Once that’s done, I can do it anytime.”
Afterward, Kim made his first greeting to Hanwha fans on the team’s official YouTube channel, Eagles TV. He then gave his first post-transfer interview to the press on the day of his departure for spring training in Australia, and on that day, he said, “I received a lot of calls (after the transfer), but I had to decline because of my situation. Thank you for your patience and apologize.” He also expressed his apologies.
When we met again at the Melbourne spring training camp, Kim said, “I had already turned down all the interviews, but I thought it should be the first place to say hello, so I didn’t do any other media 토토사이트 추천 or programs this winter. When the profile shoot was scheduled, I contacted them and said I would only do that. It was kind of a big deal for me anyway,” she confesses.
Kim also shared a heartfelt message with SSG fans when he officially announced his transfer. At the time, Hanwha officially announced the signing of Kim, adding, “Attached is a short message to the fans that Kim Kang-min made and delivered to the club.”
In it, Kim wrote, “Dear fans. I was very happy playing baseball as a one-club man for 23 years. I’m sorry that I feel like I’m leaving you in debt. I will keep the unconditional love and precious memories that you have sent me and try to strengthen myself again with a new team. Thank you very much.”
Kim Kang-min said, “I thought it was the right thing to do, so I did it. I said goodbye when I left and hello when I came back, and I thought it was a little bit natural.”