The 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team volunteered as a helper for Tommy Hyeonsu Edmon (28, St. Louis Cardinals), who first joined the national team.
On the 2nd, the WBC team started official training at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. In the middle of last month, the national team spring camp was held in Tucson, Arizona, USA, but it was not complete because major leaguers Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres)온라인카지노 and Edmon could not join due to restrictions from the Major League Secretariat.
Today’s national team training was different. All major leaguers came to Korea and joined the national team. It was the first meeting of all 30 WBC finalists.
The player who caught the most attention was Edmon. Ahead of this tournament, he wore the Taegeuk mark for the first time in his life. His story is also unique. Edman is a Korean-American with an American father and a Korean mother. Although he was unable to participate in other international competitions such as the Olympics and Asian Games, he joined the WBC national team. According to the WBC rules, which allow the country to be selected according to the lineage of his parents or grandparents, he was forced to compete in international competitions wearing the Taegeuk mark.
In an interview with reporters, Edman said, “I met a lot of people, including the coaches and players, and there were parts that were confusing overall. It was a time to learn new ways to play, practice, and adapt. I think I can show a good image because I have many good colleagues.” He expressed his feelings after training.
As much as the national team players are awkward with Edmund, Edmund is also unfamiliar with the national team. There are major leaguers such as Kim Gwang-hyeon (35, SSG Landers) and Kim Ha-seong, who have experience playing together in his team, but the other players did not have a great relationship. In this situation, his eldest brother Park Byeong-ho appeared. It was Edmon’s helper.
Edmund said, “Park Byeong-ho, who has experience in the major leagues and is good at English, helped me a lot in various ways, including when practicing. I also have a long experience in the KBO League. I know many players well. He helped me the most besides Kim Ha-seong. “he explained.
In addition to Park Byeong-ho, many other players helped Edmund. After Na Seong-beom (34, KIA Tigers) returned home on the 1st, he and Edmund went to eat sundae soup and spent time together. Edmon is new to everything, but he is slowly adapting as a member of the national team with the help of the players.
Edmon is becoming a national team player with a lot of help. He said, “I want to meet the high level and expectations of Korean fans. I have many strengths such as batting, base running, and defense. I will prepare well to show them well,” he said with strong determination for the WBC.