Four years worth of memories of Korean baseball…Ahn Kwon-soo to return to Japan

Sajik Stadium in Busan, where the game between the Doosan Bears and Lotte Giants was held on the 11th. 온라인경마

The Lotte club held a surprise farewell party for outfielder Ahn Kwon-soo (30), who is about to say goodbye after the last game at his home stadium this season. Most of the Lotte players who attended the event could not hide their regret and sadness. Some players even shed tears.

Ahn Kwon-soo, a third-generation Korean-Japanese who will return to his hometown of Japan at the end of this season, said, “I have received a lot of love from fans over the past four years when I played in Korea. In particular, I was very touched by the unexpected farewell party. “I cried because I remembered many memories of that time,” he said.

Ahn Kwon-soo wore Doosan’s uniform through the 2020 KBO Rookie Draft. Prior to that, he only played in Japan, so the Korean stage was very unfamiliar. It was difficult to communicate and adapt to Korean culture, but with the help of fellow players, it settled in the KBO League.

However, Ahn faced military service problems last year. In order to continue working in Korea, he had to fulfill his military service obligations, but it was a difficult problem for Ahn Kwon, a Korean-Japanese who is already in his 30s. There was even a Japanese wife and a newborn child. Eventually, Ahn, who could no longer wear Doosan’s uniform, tried to return to Japan. However, Lotte reached out at the last minute and extended his active career for another year.

Ahn Kwon-soo, who played as the advance guard of Lotte’s batting line after the transfer, said, “When I go back to Japan, I think I will miss my roommates Yoon Dong-hee and Kim Min-seok the most. After the game, he sat around with his younger brothers and discussed for more than two hours, reviving the game that day. That’s how much help we exchanged. I will always support my younger brothers even if I am physically out of shape,” he said.

Yoon Dong-hee and Kim Min-seok, who shed tears at the farewell party, said, “I have a lot of memories with (Ahn) Kwon Soo-hyung. It’s hard to say one by one. “I followed my brother, who is full of human charm,” he said. “I heard that Kwon Soo-hyung has not yet decided whether to continue his career as a baseball player after returning to Japan.” I believe I will do well no matter what life I live.”

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