Jang Min-jae (33) pitched thinking of his grandmother who passed away.
The Hanwha Eagles won 5-2 against SSG Landers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 12th.
Before the match, Hanwha was in a chaotic situation. This is because coach Carlos Subero was sacked despite the recent record of 5 wins and 1 loss due to the victory in the previous game. Some players shed tears as they said goodbye. It was a game that was rushed to Incheon after that.
But Hanwha had Jang Min-jae. Jang Min-jae, who was originally a strong opponent against SSG, played a good fight with 5 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts and 1 run in 5⅓ innings. His unique pin-point control and pitching that steals the opponent’s timing was excellent. Jang Min-jae earned his second win of the season with a good pitch. Thanks to this, the team was able to overcome the chaotic situation and win, and present the first victory under new coach Choi Won-ho.
However, on this day, the number written on the cap stood out in each of Min-jae Jang’s pitches. One was ’14’ and one was ‘05.02 RIP’. 14 is Lee Myung-gi’s number, which Hanwha players wrote with one heart and one mind. Lee Myung-gi is expected to miss a long term due to an ankle injury, and Hanwha players engraved his uniform number in hopes of a speedy recovery. Jang Min-jae felt the same way.
The other one means Grandma’s anniversary on May 2nd and the phrase “rest in peace.” On the 2nd, Jang Min-jae was mourned by his grandmother. It was the family who gave the obituary after pitching, thinking of Jang Min-jae, who was scheduled to start that day, and thinking that his grandmother would have been the same. Jang Min-jae fought hard and encountered a sad event. Jang Min-jae, who returned after the award, returned to his livelihood among his colleagues who comforted him and devoted himself to his team in silence. 안전놀이터
While concentrating on his main job, Jang Min-jae threw the ball vigorously, remembering his grandmother. This led to a good pitch, and resulted in the team’s victory. He is Jang Min-jae, who is firmly guarding the team as always.