Koo Dae-seong, who recently appeared in the Australian Professional Baseball League and gathered a lot of attention, appeared on the Major League homepage.
On the 7th (hereafter Korean time), MLB.com shed light on Koo Dae-seong, who played an active role as a relief pitcher for the New York Mets, through an article titled ’53-year-old pitcher likely to throw forever’.
On the 19th of last month, Koo Dae-sung took the mound as a member of Geelong Korea and showed off his ‘eternal active duty’ by striking out 2 runs in 1 inning. Koo Dae-seong pitched in two more games and ended the season with a total of 2 runs in 2⅓ innings in 3 games. 메이저놀이터
Reporter Matt Monaghan, who wrote the article, said, “Koo Dae-sung, who debuted in 1993, is still throwing today.”
Reporter Monaghan reproduced the situation in detail by uploading a video in 2005 of then-Mets pitcher Koo Dae-seong hitting a massive double from then-powerful fireballer Randy Johnson and digging all the way to home during the follow-up bunt.
A home game against the New York Yankees on May 22, 2005 at Shea Stadium, home of the Mets. Goo Dae-seong, who climbed the mound following first base starter Chris Benson in the top of the 7th inning with no out and 2-0, recorded a hold with a powerful pitch that allowed 3 strikeouts in 1⅓ innings until 1 out in the 8th inning.
It was not on the mound that Koo Dae-sung was imprinted in the minds of fans, but at bat. Goo Dae-seong, who entered the leadoff batter at the end of the 7th inning, hit Yankees starter Johnson with a ball count of 1B1S in the middle of the 3rd pitch, kicking up a fastball that flew straight down the middle, and hit a large double that fell in front of the fence beyond the height of the center fielder.
Then, when Jose Reyes bunt, he rushed home from third base and was saved with a head-first sliding, opening the team’s score to 3-0. The opposing catcher dug into the home while throwing to the second baseman who entered the first base cover.
When Koo Dae-sung hit a double and even scored, the Mets dugout went wild. In the video, 23-year-old David Wright, a rookie third baseman at the time, can be seen excitedly giving a high-five to Koo Dae-sung as he enters the dugout.
In a video interview with reporter Monaghan, Koo Dae-seong said, “When people remember me, they especially remember that match. Many people talk about it a lot.”
‘After the 2005 season, the only season of his big league career, he seemed to disappear from the game,’ said Monaghan. At least in America that is. After a base running average of 3.91 and hustle play, the Mets sent his contract back to the KBO. His shoulder didn’t help him after that day because of the sliding.’
“I recently watched an Australian Baseball League game on Twitter after 18 years, and it was Koo Dae-seong again. It was a perfect inning. At the age of 53, he exclaimed.
“My left arm is still fresh,” said Koo Dae-seong. I think it has expanded,” he said, looking back at the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
Koo Dae-seong pitched in 33 games as a relief for the Mets in 2005 and threw 23 innings, leaving a strong impression with an ERA of 3.91, 13 walks, and 23 strikeouts. The only hit he ever hit in the majors was an exhilarating double from Johnson.