SSG Landers outfielder Choo Shin-soo (41) opened his mouth about the national team’s ‘eating and running controversy’. He recently appeared on DKNET, a Korean radio station in Dallas, Texas, USA and said, “I want to ask back to those who think badly and misunderstand. Is there any reason not to go out? I’m not sick, so why not go out? I want to ask that first.”
Choo Shin-soo said, “During the 2016 season, I was injured four times in the calf, waist and wrist. And at the camp to welcome the year 2017, I talked about the WBC (World Baseball Classic) to the club.” Of course I knew that too (blame against myself). So I wanted to go out more.”
Choo Shin-soo has been embroiled in controversy regarding his national team. After graduating from Busan High School, he advanced to the Seattle Mariners of the American Major League (MLB) and blossomed belatedly at the Cleveland Indians in the mid-2000s. Choo Shin-soo played an active role as a Cleveland player along with Grady Sizemore and others. He even joined the 20 (home run)-20 (steal base) club. However, he was in a situation where he could not solve the military service problem.
Then Choo Shin-soo joined the 2009 WBC. he did a great job In the semifinal match, he hit a three-run four in the top of the first inning against Venezuelan pitcher Carlos Silva. Korea, which overcame the start with Choo Shin-soo’s performance, advanced to the final thanks to the performances of Kim Tae-gyun and Yoon Seok-min. Shin-soo Choo also hit a solo home run to tie the game against Hisashi Iwakuma, the ace of the Japanese team at the time, in the final. 스포츠토토
At the Asian Games in Guangzhou, where military service benefits are at stake, he defeated Taiwan and won a gold medal. According to the Special Act on Military Service, Choo Shin-soo received military service benefits. Choo Shin-soo’s performance in the Guangzhou Asian Games was 8 hits in 14 at-bats (3 home runs), 11 RBIs and 8 points. When Choo Shin-soo entered the plate, his opposing team’s coaching staff even filmed it with a camera. However, Choo Shin-soo did not respond to the call to the national team afterwards. Controversy arose after his military service benefits.
Choo Shin-soo said, “Americans never say ‘don’t do it’ or ‘do it’. It sounds like an option, but it’s not an option. Taking care of the back means you have to do it yourself. People in Korea don’t know that. I kept insisting that I go, so even the boss came down. I even said, ‘If I get injured at the WBC and can’t play for a certain period of time, I won’t get that much salary’.”
Choo Shin-soo continued, “The club said, ‘I don’t mean that, but I hope you don’t go (to the WBC). I have another 4-5 years contract with Texas in the future, but who will take care of this?” Choo Shin-soo, who solved the military service problem at the Guangzhou Games, signed a contract with the Texas Rangers in 2013 for 7 years and 130 million dollars.
Lastly, Choo Shin-soo said, “Because I played in international competitions, I was able to get a good contract, and my baseball life has more opportunities to play in the majors. Because I know that better than anyone else, I tried to go out more than anyone else. Because of the situation, those who don’t know, think ‘I just didn’t go out’. don’t know this story I didn’t talk about it because I was afraid there would be another misunderstanding after biting tail after tail.”