San Diego Padres pitcher Ha Sung Kim (28), who will be travelling to South Korea next year for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Seoul Series, has expressed his love for his country.
MLB.com, the official website of MLB, published an interview with Kim on the 17th (KST).
“먹튀검증I’m excited that the first major league game will be played in Korea,” Kim said, “Korean fans are very passionate about baseball. They know how to watch baseball. They are serious about baseball, and they love baseball,” he said, introducing Korean fans to Major League Baseball.
San Diego will open the regular season against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Seoul on 20-21 March next year.
MLB opening games have been played overseas many times before.
Eight Opening Day games have been held outside of the 50 United States and Canada, including the 1999 game in Monterrey, Mexico, and Korea will be the ninth. In Asia, it will be the third, after Japan and Australia.
Kim made his professional debut in 2014 and played exclusively for the KBO’s Nexen-Keum Heroes before joining the American scene in 2021. The Korean opener will be his first time meeting Korean fans as a major leaguer.
When asked about his time in Korea, Kim said, “I don’t have a particular moment that stands out. I remember all the games I played there. I remember everything. Every moment was good,” he said, adding, “I played hard and I’m proud.”
MLB.com commented, “Kim is showing the world that he can play on the American stage as San Diego’s starting second baseman.”
It went on to say that Kim’s defence is stellar, with just four errors this season, and he leads San Diego with a Wins Above Replacement (WAR) of 4.2.
“I’m proud to be playing baseball in the major leagues every day. I will always feel fortunate that San Diego gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues and to meet great teammates and club officials,” said Kim.
“I’m working hard to not disappoint everyone here. I’m going to give it my all and show them what I’ve got.”