“Don’t try to be too good, be yourself!” A message from the pirate captain to Bae Ji-hwan
Pirate Captain’ Andrew McCutchen, who caught rookie Bae Ji-hwan after making a mistake, what did he say?
Bae Ji-hwan, a utility player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, made a fatal mistake while playing as center fielder in a home game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on the 23rd (hereafter Korean time). In the top of the 5th inning, he drifted back while trying to catch Stuart Fairchild’s batted ball from first out and first base. Jonathan India, who was on first base, came all the way to home.
Afterwards, the relay screen caught a scene where McCutchen was talking to Bae Ji-hwan, who entered the dugout. This scene became a hot topic among Korean media and fans.
Before the home game against the LA Dodgers on the 26th, I was able to directly ask Bae Ji-hwan about the situation. 메이저놀이터
Bae Ji-hwan said, “McCutchin said, ‘It was a situation where I didn’t have to rush in that situation. He made a mistake because he was trying to be too good. He said, ‘Don’t do that, do it like you’” and introduced the conversation between the two.
It’s not particularly new, it’s something the players themselves know. Nevertheless, the reason the veteran said these words must have been to encourage and energize the rookie. Bae Ji-hwan said, “In a word, it was encouraging.”