Choo Shin-soo (41), who made a splendid debut on the Korean Professional Baseball (KBO) stage last year and led SSG Landers to the combined championship, is being hit by fans for his ‘determined remarks’ regarding the selection of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) representative.
Choo Shin-soo, who is currently staying at his home in Texas, USA, recently appeared on DKNET, a Korean-American radio station in the Dallas area, and revealed his thoughts on the KBO victory at SSG and the formation of the WBC team. As of the 24th (Korean time), the video of Choo Shin-soo’s interview uploaded on YouTube by DKNET has exceeded 10,000 views and more than 800 comments.
Choo Shin-soo began to make a remark about the 스포츠토토 WBC in an interview, saying, “There are many new faces in the Japanese national team, but Korea does not.” He said, “Kim Hyun-soo (35, LG Twins) is a really good player, but I think I would have seen the future. How long will Kim Gwang-hyun (34, SSG) and Yang Hyeon-jong (34, KIA Tigers) say, “It is an opportunity for players like Moon Dong-ju (19, Hanwha Eagles) and Ahn Woo-jin (24, Kiwoom Heroes) to show their faces in international competitions and go abroad. It is also the job of Korean baseball to make it.” In response, the host said, “Ahn Woo-jin still has controversy. It is still a sensitive issue in Korea,” he cautiously commented on the school violence controversy.
Then Choo Shin-soo said, “Obviously (Ahn Woo-jin) did the wrong thing. He is terribly unfortunate as a third person. In a way, he is a player with the talent to go abroad and become the second best player after Park Chan-ho. I am also playing baseball in Korea, but there are so many things I don’t understand.” “It seems that forgiveness is not easy in Korea. (Ahn Woo-jin) I regretted the mistakes I made when I was young, was punished, and was suspended from business trips, and I did everything. But I can’t go to the contest. I have a lot to say,” he added. He also said, “If there are juniors who suffer such unreasonable things, I think seniors should take their feet off. But nobody steps out. It’s very sad,” he said.
In response to Shin-soo Choo’s remarks, fans commented, “It is not the case for a player who did not respond to the call-up for the national team after being exempted from military service due to winning the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, mentioning Hyun-soo Kim, who has been working for the national team since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.” Critical opinions were poured out, such as: is a natural price for wrongdoing, and forgiveness is the responsibility of the victim,” and “Is it easy for you to be forgiven for drunk driving and be generous to other players?”