Kiwoom Heroes Ronnie Dawson (28) fell in love with the charm of Korean baseball.
On July 13, Dawson signed a contract with Kiwoom for $85,000 (about 113.69 million won) as a replacement foreign hitter for Edison Russell. Not many fans had high expectations for Dawson due to his experience as an independent league player and his low salary.스포츠토토
However, Dawson is showing amazing performance this season. In 40 games, he is recording outstanding results with a batting average of .303, 157 at-bats, 52 hits, 3 home runs, 22 RBIs, 26 runs, 6 stolen bases, and an OPS of .839. Now he has established himself as a key hitter in Kiwoom’s batting lineup.
Dawson, who is always smiling and energizing the team, said, “The KBO League is really cool. I am grateful that both home and away fans came to the baseball stadium and cheered hard. The KBO League seems like a league full of energy. Playing baseball in this kind of atmosphere has been my dream since I was young, and I’m glad I was able to make it come true in Korea. “I love the KBO League, Korea, and Seoul,” he said about Korean baseball.
“The KBO League’s cheering culture is something you can’t see in the major leagues,” said Dawson. “When I first came to Korea, I was really surprised to see the fans cheering. Personally, I feel like baseball should be enjoyed by everyone, but that’s not the case in the United States. On the other hand, Central and South American countries such as the Dominican Republic are similar to Korea in that they have many exciting players. “I’m having a lot of fun playing baseball right now, and I think we need to introduce this cheering culture to the U.S. as well,” he said, explaining the appeal of the KBO League.
Fascinated by the energy of Korean baseball, Dawson works hard not only at baseball but also at self-development. “In the morning, I spend time with my family and do school work,” said Dawson. “I am taking a class called History of Communication, which studies how people of the past and the future communicate. “He is taking this class because he wants to communicate closely with his son,” he explained.
Of course, it is not easy to take university lectures while working as a professional baseball player. “I didn’t finish college in the U.S.,” Dawson said. So his goal is to graduate from school. “And her younger sister recently got a doctorate, and I’m jealous of that, so I’m studying hard so I don’t lose,” she said with a smile, sharing the reason why she aims to graduate from university.
“I feel very fortunate to be playing in the KBO League and to be happy and achieving good results,” said Dawson. “The KBO League is of a very high standard and it is difficult to maintain good results every day. He expressed his determination for the remainder of the season, saying, “I will always do my best without worrying about the results.”