A cheering wave at the baseball stadium, “Kang Baek-ho shoulder!”

A wave of support for a player continued at 메이저놀이터 KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Wednesday. Suwon KT fans came out to support Kang Baek-ho, who was criticized for a sloppy defensive error in his last game.

Kang Baek-ho gave up the tying run in the game against the LG Twins in Jamsil on April 18 after making a sloppy relay play. After giving up a hit, Kang made a loose throw to move a runner from first to third base, allowing the runner to advance and score a run. KT, which was leading 3-2 at the time, allowed the tying run to score. Kang Baek-ho, who had been on the chopping block from the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 to the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March for a series of unfortunate plays, was once again criticized for this play.

In response, Kang bowed his head twice and apologized for his sloppy play. Speaking to reporters after the game, he said, “I’m sorry. I have no words. I wasn’t caught off guard. There’s no excuse, it was my fault. I’m responsible for the way I played. I’m sorry,” and apologized. On the 23rd, he apologized on social media, saying, “I deserved to be criticized by many people. I apologize once again for the disappointment and hurt I caused to many people.”

In response to the criticism, the player lowered his head, and fans began to cheer him on. On that day, placards with the words “Keep your shoulders up, don’t die, keep fighting!” were erected in the stands of KT Wiz Park in Suwon. During a dance event during a defensive shift, a spectator led the cheers by projecting a handwritten cheer on an electronic board. The online community also showed their support by collecting coffee tea for Kang Baek-ho.

Meanwhile, Kang Baek-ho apologized on social media on the same day, saying, “I know that not everyone can be satisfied with my play, but I will try to become a satisfactory player that the fans who support me can be proud to see,” and thanked the fans for their support.

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