The 2022 season of Kiwoom Heroes, who overcame underestimation and finally reached the stage of the Korean series, was special and touching not only for the players but also for the fans.
On the 18th, the Kiwoom team held a charity event for fans at a cafe located in Magok-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul. The team had a meaningful time with fans by holding an auction of cherished items, signing autographs, and commemorative photos.
The event, which was held voluntarily under the leadership of captain Lee Yong-gyu (37) and Lee Ji-young (36), was divided into three two-hour sessions from 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 7 pitchers (Kim Dong-hyuk, Kim Seong-jin, Kim Jae-ung, Lee Myeong-jong, Lee Seung-ho, Choi Won-tae, An Woo-jin), 13 fielders (Kim Woong-bin, Kim Jae-hyeon, Kim Jun-wan, Kim Tae-jin, Kim Hye-seong, Kim Hwi-jip, Park Jun-tae, Song Seong-moon, Lee Yong-kyu, Lee Jung-hoo, Lee Ji-young, Lim Ji-yeol, A total of 20 players, including Byeong-Woo Jeon, attended the event.
There was also a fan who ran from early in the morning for a little over 3 hours. Lee Jeong-yul (30) and Jo Jae-eun (32), who were the first speakers of the ‘Introducing My Hero’ event. Her wife, Jo Jae-eun, introduced her husband, Lee Jeong-yul, who is working as a firefighter at the Gagyeong 119 Safety Center, Seobu Fire Station, Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do, as my hero and pitched the first pitch together. In order to attend the first part (starting at 12:00 PM), which was held for fans who won the ‘Introducing My Hero’ event, I came up to Seoul early in the morning to meet the Kiwoom team.
Lee Jung-yul and Jo Jae-eun couple are well-known baseball fans and Heroes fans. Lee Jung-yul said, “I came here on vacation because I had a chance to eat with Kiwoom players.” “I have been a fan of Hyundai Unicorns since I was a child. I liked it. It was really cool that the players worked hard without being conscious of it, even if the evaluation was not good around them.”
The job of a firefighter was unfamiliar to the athletes. Kim Woong-bin, who sat together and talked a lot, said, “I didn’t have a chance to meet the firefighters normally, so I asked a lot of questions. I hope I have more opportunities to meet fans like this.” Kim Tae-jin said, “I’ve been watching the drama called Police Station next to the fire station lately, so I was curious about how the firefighters work. Listening to it, it seemed like it would be very difficult. Our team has a nickname of hero, but I think firefighters and police officers are the heroes of Korea.” he replied.
Lee, who picked the third playoff match against the LG Twins, who came from behind with Lim Ji-yeol and Lee Jung-hoo’s back-to-back home run win, as the most memorable moment of the year, said, “Everyone didn’t expect much when this season started. I thought, ‘I want to do it’, but I persistently followed and advanced to the Korean series, and losing was very cool. I think I was upset because I lost. Like other seasons, I think this season was a year in which even the fans were very moved. I have a lot of strength while working. and I liked Heroes even more.” 안전놀이터
The goal for next season is to see Lee Jeong-hoo (24) at least once more. Mr. Lee said, “I don’t have a favorite player. I love Team Heroes.” I want to see more,” he said vigorously.
The team had a meaningful time with fans by holding an auction of cherished items, signing autographs, and commemorative photos. The proceeds collected on this day will be delivered to young players who are training hard toward their dreams despite difficult circumstances.