“Hello. I am Kim Gwang-hyun, public relations ambassador for Incheon City. Thank you very much to the fans who sold out two consecutive matches before the opening.”
Although it was humorous, Kim Gwang-hyeon (SSG Landers)’s greetings were full of gratitude.
Kim Gwang-hyun, who met ahead of the home game against the먹튀검증 Lotte Giants in professional baseball held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 4th, said, “I felt that our team’s popularity was rising during the SK Wyverns days, but this year and last year’s feeling is different.” Following the achievement, I am really grateful to the fans who filled our home stadium during the opening two games this year. I feel proud to be playing for a popular team.”
On the 1st and 2nd, the opening two games against the KIA Tigers at SSG Landers Field were filled with 23,000 people and 10,000 spectators for two consecutive days.
SSG said, “It is the first time that a professional team based in Incheon has sold out two consecutive matches.”
This is a special record for Kim Gwang-hyeon, who started his professional career after being nominated for the first time in 2007 by SSG’s predecessor SK.
Kim Gwang-hyun said, “Incheon is the place where Korean baseball started. It can be called ‘Kudo’,” and proudly said, “The professional team based in Incheon is establishing itself as the most popular club.”
In the opening game on the 1st, the day when the first full crowd of this year was filled, Kim Gwang-hyun blocked 5 innings with 4 hits and 1 run, and won the starter, filling his personal career with 150 wins (5th ever) in the KBO League.
Kim Gwang-hyun said, “It’s really fortunate that the team won the victory on a day full of spectators.”
Kim Gwang-hyun contributed to SSG’s ‘Wire to Wire’ regular season championship, which did not miss the first place from the opening game to the end of the regular season last year. He also threw the final ball to seal SSG’s victory in the Korean Series.
He said on his social network service (SNS) in December of last year, “When I signed with SSG in March 2022, I said to myself, ‘I will win and make the fans feel good about being a fan of baseball, Landers, and Kim Gwang-hyun.’ I promised,” he recalled, “I ‘promise’ to win the back-to-back championship in 2023. Fans, please promise me ‘No. 1 in the back-to-back crowd’.”
SSG took first place in the regular season last year with an average attendance of 13,633 per game. It is the first baseball team based in Incheon.
Kim Gwang-hyun said, “I won 1 win and 1 loss in the opening 2 consecutive games, so I couldn’t win the wire-to-wire regular league championship for 2 consecutive years, but I will do my best to win the combined championship for 2 consecutive years.” I will do my best to win,” he promised again.
On the 3rd, when the baseball game was not held, Kim Gwang-hyeon was appointed as a public relations ambassador for Incheon City.
Kim Gwang-hyun said, “There were people who were more famous than me, such as celebrities, and Incheon City officials recognized me and gave me good wishes. This experience was also proud,” and said, “I will do my best to serve as a public relations ambassador for Incheon City.”
Kim Gwang-hyun, who has established himself as a sports star representing Incheon baseball, said, “I want to play in Cheongna Dome as Cheongna Dome is completed quickly. He even gave himself a ‘task’.
Of course, the homework that Kim Gwang-hyun needs to solve immediately is to start the next game.
Kim Gwang-hyun said, “After today’s pitch, he prepares for the next game, and as he prepares for the next game, he has been playing as a professional player for 17 years.”
After a year and a year like that, you may see a scene where Kim Gwang-hyun starts in the opening game of the Cheongna Dome.
On this day, Kim Gwang-hyun ordered 30 pizzas to commemorate 150 wins for the SSG team and the front desk.
Kim Gwang-hyun said, “I don’t think I won 150 wins by myself. Being able to play baseball for such a long time in a good team is my greatest luck. The pitchers and fielders who always came out behind me helped me a lot,” he said. Coach, I was able to achieve this record thanks to meeting my teammates. It’s weak, but I prepared it because I wanted to express my gratitude.”
Seo Jin-yong, who saved Kim Gwang-hyeon’s victory in the opening game on the 1st, said, “I was nervous because I wanted to protect Gwang-hyeon’s victory, but the result was good. I feel honored and proud to have contributed even a little to achieving 150 wins.” “I congratulate you on your 150 wins. I ate the pizza deliciously,” he replied.