Diligently sowing seeds, watering and fertilizing, he disappeared during the busiest harvest season.
This is the story of Eric Pedi, 30, a foreign pitcher for the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization.
Pedi led his team to fall baseball with a dazzling 20-6 record and a 2.00 ERA in the 2023 baseball regular season, but when it mattered most, he didn’t take the mound and watched his team lose from afar.
He didn’t take the mound in the wild-card decider against the Doosan Bears, the semifinals against the SSG Landers, and the playoffs (PO) against the KT Wiz, appearing in only one game, Game 1 on the 30th of last month.
Pedi also did not pitch in Game 5 of the PO against kt at Katwiz Park in Suwon on May 5. He didn’t start or appear in the bullpen.
He moved to the bullpen to warm up during the game, but did not take the mound.
NC lost the series 2-3, putting an end to their fall baseball season.
After the game, NC head coach Kang Myung-hwa said, “I tried to move (Pedi), but he said it was heavy,” adding, “That’s how it happened.”
The team respected Pedi’s wishes and did not use him in the bullpen.
The ostensible reason for Peddy’s absence is injury.
Peddie was hit in the right forearm by a pitch during his last start of the regular season on March 16 against the KIA Tigers.
He suffered a bruise, and the NC removed his name from the roster for the wild-card game to give him time to recover.
His recovery was slow. He spent two weeks recovering and, against all odds, played in the first round of the PO.
Pedi didn’t look too bad. In Game 1 of the POs, he pitched six innings of one-run ball with three hits and one walk to earn the win.
He also struck out 12 batters.
“He looked better than he did in the regular season,” 바카라사이트 said opposing manager Lee Kang-chul.
However, Pedi did not throw the ball anymore.
Some speculated that he might have thrown in the towel. The story goes that Pedi, who was being courted by MLB teams, was intentionally not throwing because he was worried about aggravating his injury.
His attitude has also been criticized. On the day of the game, he was caught on camera standing expressionless among the players celebrating after scoring the first run. He was even seen yawning.
Pedi was lethargic before the game. He shook his head and was reticent when asked. After the game, he didn’t say much and quickly packed his bags.
He didn’t look like the winner of the Choi Dong-won Award (20 million won), which was given to the best pitcher in the KBO last month.
The Choi Dong-won Memorial Project honors the late pitcher, who won four games in the 1984 Korean Series by himself, and awards the prize to the player who shows the best performance, as well as exemplary behavior and fair play.
Peddie’s refusal to pitch is highlighted by comparisons to KT’s foreign pitchers, including William Cuevas, who came back on three days’ rest to win Game 4, and Wes Benjamin, who pitched Game 5 on four days’ rest. 온라인카지노사이트