Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 4th. When the LG Twins were celebrating their victory in the left outfield after winning 7-6. There was a Lotte Giants player who watched this from the first base dugout. It was Son Seongbin.
At the time, there were no Lotte players or officials, and Son Seong-bin was watching LG’s championship ceremony alone. There was some talk about whether Son Seong-bin was LG’s child fan ‘Ellin’, but he shook his head and said, “No.”
The reason I saw the ceremony in the dugout that day was not only out of curiosity but also to increase my fighting spirit.
Son Seong-bin met with reporters after the LG game held in Jamsil on the 9th and said about that time, “I was curious about how the victory ceremony was held, and honestly, I felt sick to my stomach. Later, when Lotte won, I thought it would be nice to do the same in Jamsil.” Son Seong-bin continued to raise his voice, saying, “Later, we will achieve good results and do well.”
At that time, I came to Jamsil to get revenge after losing at home and even watching the championship ceremony. Lotte won 8 to 1 over LG on the 9th. Son Seong-bin started as catcher No. 8 on this day and recorded 1 hit in 3 at-bats, 2 RBIs, and 1 walk, including a 2-RBI double to make it 4-0 from 2-0 with runners on second and third base with no outs in the top of the second inning.
After scoring the first run with Han Dong-hee’s timely hit in the top of the second inning, one more run was scored due to an opponent’s error during Jeong Dae-seon’s sacrifice bunt on 7th base on 1st and 2nd bases with no outs, making it 2-0, and 2 without outs.
Son Seong-bin laughed, saying, “I hit the first pitch at that time, but everyone said they didn’t see the hit I hit because I was high-fiving Gudrum, who came home from the dugout.” He added, “Later, when I came in, everyone asked me what I hit.” He went in for a fastball, but later found out he hit a slider.
He worked well with pitchers, including Shim Jae-min, and ended the game with 1 run. On this day, Jaemin Shim pitched well, allowing 4 hits (1 home run) and 1 run in 5⅓ innings. There were 26 fastballs, 34 more sliders, 18 curveballs, and 4 changeups. Son Seong-bin said, “Originally (Shim) Jaemin’s second pitch is a curveball, but today the curve came in a little high, and his slider is so good that he was able to easily control the count with the slider and take the count fight to his advantage and get a good result.” He said.안전놀이터
He returned from his military service at Sangmu in the middle of this season, and left a deep impression on baseball fans with his quick throw to second base. On this day, allowing a stolen base to Park Hae-min in the bottom of the first inning was his second stolen base of the season. He was caught 7 times and allowed only 2 times, resulting in a base stealing percentage of a whopping 70.78. When Son Seong-bin wears a catcher’s mask, he usually does not attempt to steal second base.
Son Seong-bin, who joined Lotte in 2021 as a first-round draftee, only needs to quickly return to Sangmu and grow. Although he returned mid-season, he said he was able to improve a lot this year. Son Seong-bin said, “I learned a lot from coach Choi Kyung-cheol and Yoo Gangnam, and I was able to learn a lot about hitting from coach Park Heung-sik. I want to win a lot of games without getting hurt for the rest of the season and in a good mood.”