온라인카지노Lee Seung-yup (46) and the Samsung Lions are in Pohang, the ‘promised land’. But the situation is different from six years ago. Lee will not be travelling to Pohang as the Lion King, but as the ‘head bear’ of the Doosan Bears.
Doosan and Samsung will play a three-game series at Pohang Baseball Stadium from the 4th to the 6th. Pohang is Samsung’s second home stadium. It has been hosting KBO League games every year since 2012 to provide fan service and expand its base outside of its home city. There were no games in Pohang in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it was revived last year. This year, the team will host Doosan from 4-6 April, followed by the KIA Tigers from 1-3 August.
Samsung has many fond memories of Pohang. In 59 games played at Pohang Baseball Stadium, Samsung has won 40 games (1 tie and 18 losses). That’s a winning percentage of 0.690. It has finished the Pohang series with a winning percentage of more than 5 per cent in every season except 2019 (2-4).
Last year, Samsung won 1-1 and drew 1-1 in a three-game series against the Hanwha Eagles in Pohang. In the Pohang series, which snapped a 13-game losing streak at the time, Samsung failed to win a dominant series (two or more wins out of three), but rebounded to go 22-15 in the next 37 games for a winning percentage of 0.595. This was a far cry from the 0.408 winning percentage (42 wins, 1 draw and 62 losses) before the series. The Pohang series was a turning point for Samsung, which always gets a boost whenever it comes to Pohang. But you can’t talk about the Pohang series without mentioning Lee Seung-yup. Most of the glorious moments were with him.
Lee had a strong showing in Pohang as a Samsung player. In 39 career games, he batted .362 with 15 home runs, 45 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.167. He is also Pohang’s most prolific home run hitter. On 3 June 2015, he hit the KBO’s first 400th home run against the Pohang Lotte Giants. A monument commemorates the occasion at the Pohang Baseball Stadium. For Lee, Pohang is the “promised land.
The team and players who shared the glory are reunited in the promised land after six years. The retired player returns to the field, no longer as an ally, but as an ‘enemy’, pointing his spear at his home team. Their first meeting as enemies. All eyes will be on the first Pohang series to see who will have more energy, Samsung or coach Lee Seung-yup.