“I will give you my right arm”. “I will return the love you gave me 1,000 times.”
With these words, Chuncheon Yeon-Go ultra-premium pitcher Kim Hwi Gun (Whimungo), who was selected by the NC Dinos with the fifth pick in the first round of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) 2024 First-Year Player Draft held on May 15, once again proved to be a “ready pro. We caught up with Kim, who was ranked fifth overall out of 1,083 players in this year’s draft, three days after he was selected, at the indoor gym of the National Basketball Classroom in Cheonggyecheon-dong, Chuncheon, which is run by his parents.
“I was born in Changwon, but I played Chuncheon Little Baseball, Soyangcho, and Chuncheon Jungle Elite Baseball under the guidance of coaches Lee Sang-hyun (former Hyundai Unicorns) and Hwang Min-jung, and then moved on to Bukil High School and Whimun High School to become who I am today,” Kim said. Both Changwon, NC’s hometown, and Chuncheon, Kim’s hometown, have “valuable” resources in Korean professional baseball.
Kim, who credits his athletic parents (his father, Kim Man-seok, was a national youth basketball player, and his mother, Jung Yoon-sook, was a national women’s professional basketball player) with shaping him into the player he is today, said, “Now I want to repay the favor as a professional athlete,” and promised to continue his career by keeping in mind what they emphasized about not becoming arrogant as his skills increase.
“I remember the moments when I threw a five and two-thirds inning no-hitter against Se-ad in the round of 16 of the E-Mart Bae last year and started the final game, and when I hit a fastball of 152.5 kilometers per hour against Gyeongnam Go in the quarterfinals of the Golden Lion,” he said.
In conclusion, Kim shared his dream to “grow well as a professional baseball player and contribute to building baseball infrastructure like Son Heung-min’s soccer class so that there will be more talented juniors in Gangwon and Chuncheon in the future.” 스포츠토토