Park Kyung-soo, 39, who spent the golden years of his career in Suwon, achieved two significant milestones in one day.
Park batted eighth and started at second base in the home game against SSG at Katie Weeds Park in Suwon on February 2. With this game, he became the 18th player in history to reach the 2,000-game milestone. He is the third KT player to reach the milestone after Jang Jang-ho (current KBSN Sports commentator) and Lee Jin-young (current SSG coach). Upon entering the batter’s box in the bottom of the third inning, a message announcing his 2,000th game appearance was displayed on the Suwon Stadium’s electronic board, and applause erupted from not only the first base but also the third base stands.토토사이트
After drawing a seven-pitch walk in his first at-bat, Park again drew a seven-pitch walk in the bottom of the fifth inning as the leadoff hitter. With the two singles, he became the 23rd player in history to reach 900 four-pitchers.
During the cleaning time that started after the end of the fifth inning, KT manager Lee Kang-cheol presented a bouquet of flowers to congratulate “Captain” Park for his steady play.
After joining LG as a first-round pick in 2003, Park became a free agent after the 2014 season and found a home with KT. 2015 was his debut season with KT, when he actually broke into the first team. Recognized as a big hitter since his days at Seongnam High School, Park never hit double-digit home runs with LG. But after moving to KT in 2015 and taking over the starting second base job, he blossomed, hitting .284 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs.
Since joining KT, he has played 1066 games and batted .257 with 117 home runs and 467 RBIs. Especially in 2021, when the team won its first overall title, he was nicknamed the “captain of the players” because he was a dugout leader and kept the team together despite a difficult season due to injuries.
Last year, he returned to the captaincy at Lee’s request, and with his cheerful personality, he served as a crutch to keep the team from falling apart amid a string of injuries. Thanks to him, KT started to gain strength in the last three games of the first half and regained its form to enter the race for third place.