Lee Hyung-jong (34), a late transfer student, is slowly melting into the new team Kiwoom Heroes.
Lee Hyung-jong is still unfamiliar with Kiwoom 스포츠토토and Gocheok Sky Dome, the home stadium. On his first day of practice, he was mistaken for a member of the visiting team and nearly walked out of the dugout with his bag. It is only natural that he entered the professional league with the first nomination in the 2008 rookie draft and had been with the LG Twins for more than 10 years before signing a 4-year, 2 billion won free agent contract with Kiwoom this winter.
Compared to other clubs, the Kiwoom team was also unfamiliar at first. In LG, it was used, but in Kiwoom, players older than him count five fingers. However, Hyungjong Lee chose to change himself rather than change his team as a senior.
At the time of the US spring camp, Lee Hyung-jong said, “If the team says I need a role as a senior, I will do it, but Kiwoom is already a team that is doing well in a good atmosphere. When I’m with the players, I think it’s good that I can do it like I was in my 20s. And since I started typing late, I’m actually 7 years old, and I’m no different than 29 years old.”
The first steps of a latecomer who was reborn with the mindset of a 20-year-old are smooth. Now that 7 exhibition games have been played, he is showing the expected appearance with a batting average of 0.417 (5 hits in 12 at-bats), an on-base percentage of 0.500, and a slugging percentage of 0.417.
It is also positive that it matches well with the home stadium Gocheok Dome. Lee Hyeong-jong said, “I have many good memories of Gocheok Dome. I think I can see the ball a little better when I come here.” There are points,” he said, emphasizing the positive side. Perhaps thanks to this, the sample is small, but his performance at Gocheok is also good with a batting average of 0.429.
Hyungjong Lee’s desire to melt into Kiwoom even outside the field was conveyed. Prior to the Changwon NC game on the 21st, Hyungjong Lee served 70 cups of coffee for the players, coaches, and club staff. It is not uncommon for a player to achieve a certain record or to run coffee for reasons other than betting.
Lee Hyeong-jong said, “I wanted to do something for the players as I was on my first expedition after coming to Kiwoom. I thought it was time to live once, so I turned it around with a light heart. Coffee that we can drink together with the meaning of asking the manager, coaches, players, and staff well. I chose,” he said.