‘Buchanan’s Fighting Spirit’ Is Something Domestic Players Should Emulate, Says Commander
Samsung Lions manager Park Jin-man has praised foreign pitcher David Buchanan for his determination in the face of sudden pain.
Buchanan started the 10th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League season against the LG Twins on April 4 at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea, and earned a Quality Start Plus with seven innings of five-hit ball, three walks, two strikeouts and three runs. He only needed 82 pitches.
There was a sudden twist. In the top of the seventh inning, Buchanan threw out Heo Do-hwan on a grounder to shortstop and then crumpled to the ground, complaining of pain for a moment. The pain was in his right wrist. None of the players warmed up in the bullpen. Head coach Park Jin-man and pitching coach Kwon Oh-jun, as well as trainers, came out onto the field to check on Buchanan.
However, Buchanan was able to throw a few batting practice pitches and immediately signaled his intention to continue pitching. He got Park Hae-min to ground into a fielder’s choice in the second inning to get the final out of the top of the seventh before handing the mound over to the bullpen. Although he didn’t get the win, Buchanan’s performance helped the team to a 5-4 victory.
After having to wipe the surprise off his face, the manager breathed a sigh of relief. Before the game against LG on the 5th, Park Jin-man said, “Buchanan is fine. “I don’t know if it’s related to his knee gout, but I think it’s related to blood circulation, so I don’t think there’s an effect (of gout),” Park said.
However, he also pointed out that “(Buchanan’s fighting spirit) is the atmosphere of our team right now, and it is something that domestic players should emulate when a foreign player shows such behavior on the field.” “Nowadays, there are some players who drop out of the game if they feel a little sick, but Buchanan’s fighting spirit was something that the entire team should think about.”
In addition to Buchanan, who is now in his fourth year in the KBO, all of Samsung’s foreign players, including three-year veteran Jose Pirela and two-year veteran Albert Suarez, have played at least one season in the KBO.먹튀검증
“When foreign players think about their options, they often become complacent when they reach their goals,” Park said, “but when I talk to the players on our team, I see that they sacrifice a lot for the team. They’ve been doing it for a long time, so there’s a family atmosphere,” he smiles.