How much is Kim Ha-seong (28) loved in San Diego?
The American media Sports Illustrated (SI)’s Inside the Padres corner introduced on the 5th (Korean time), “There are few people who can excite the crowd like Ha-sung Kim.”메이저사이트
The previous day (4th), Kim Ha-seong started in the regular season home game against Arizona held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA and recorded only one hit. However, that hit was the walk-off home run that decided San Diego’s victory.
It was Kim Ha-seong’s first home run of the 2023 season and the first home run after advancing to the major leagues, and it was a record that will remain in San Diego and major league history. According to AJ Casabel, who is in charge of San Diego on MLB.com, the official major league website, the back-to-back home run by David Dahl and Ha-sung Kim in the bottom of the 9th was the first walk-off victory achieved with a back-to-back home run in the ninth in San Diego’s 55-year history. It was also the first game in major league history in which batters 8 and 9 hit back-to-back homers to win the game.
Regardless of the record, all San Diego fans fell in love with Kim Ha-sung’s star quality, who played the role of a dramatic moment solver. The crowd chanted Kim Ha-seong’s nickname, ‘Awesome Kim’, and the club’s official SNS covered his performance, saying, “How can I not love him?”
Inside the Padres explained, “After signing with San Diego at the end of 2020, Ha-Sung Kim instantly became a fan favorite. He has something special to express himself even among San Diego’s most popular players.”
“Petco Park was in awe of Kim Ha-sung’s clutch performance. Losing to Arizona meant losing all the momentum built up from last week. In the middle, he led the team to victory with a walk-off home run.”
A strong-hearted player who can play a crucial role in moments of high pressure is a vital resource for a World Series-winning team. This is the reason why Kim Ha-seong was selected as San Diego’s starting second baseman this year, even though he had a league average of 0.251 batting average, 11 homers, 51 RBIs, 12 stolen bases, OPS 0.708, and adjusted OPS 107 in 150 games last year. The media also mentioned this.
Inside the Padres praised Ha-seong Kim, saying, “Ha-seong Kim is the type of player that is essential for a winning team’s roster. Apart from the usual stars, he is a player who can show great performance when his number is called.”