‘I fell in love with the Prince of Daejeon’ Sanchez can’t leave Moon’s side: ‘I can’t leave you, Dongju’
‘I can’t leave you’ Sanchez, a foreign pitcher who appeared out of nowhere just before the game started, stuck to Moon like a magnet.
The ‘Prince of Daejeon’ Moon Dong-ju’s popularity with the team is as high as his 160-kilometer fastball. Foreign pitcher Sanchez, who made his KBO debut as a substitute on Nov. 11, had already fallen under Moon’s spell.
In front of the Hanwha Eagles’ dugout before a three-game series against the Lotte Giants at their home stadium, Daejeon Eagles Park, last week. While waiting for the public address announcer to introduce the lineup, the Hanwha players joked around and showed off their unique chemistry.
Sanchez, who was announced as the starting pitcher for the next day, walked through the dugout and stopped when he was spotted by Moon Dong-ju. When Moon pointed out that Sanchez was the only one wearing a black training outfit with a top, Sanchez tried to pass it off as a friendly gesture. However, Moon and Lee Jin-young checked Sanchez’s underwear to make sure the rookie’s training was thorough.
This might seem like an uncomfortable situation for a foreign player who had been with the team for less than a month, but it turns out that Sanchez was already best friends with Hanwha’s Moon Dong-ju. Sanchez’s affinity for the Venezuelan crossed the border, and the age difference between him and Moon, who is six years younger, didn’t matter.스포츠토토
After a few pranks, Sanchez wagged his finger at the “Daejeon Prince” and taunted him, before putting both hands on his brother’s shoulders and smiling like a child as he threw a 160-kilometer fastball.
Despite their different languages, their body language and affection for each other was unmistakable.
Four innings of two-hit, one-run baseball in his first appearance in Korea. After his steady performance, Sanchez said in a postgame interview, “I felt like it was a very competitive league. I was focused on each pitch. I have confidence in all my pitches. I was disappointed that I didn’t finish the fifth inning, but I understand the pitch count limit. I don’t like to be competitive, which is an advantage.” He ended the interview by saying “thank you” in Korean.
In his second start against Lotte on July 17, Sanchez threw five innings of one-run ball with a fastball that topped out at 151 mph and a sharp slider. Although he failed to get his first win, his fastball was impressive as he seemed to throw the ball straight to the mitt after receiving it from the catcher.
Moon Dong-ju, who has the enviable shoulders of Sanchez, took the mound for LG Electronics on the 19th and topped out at 160kmph on his fastball. He also surprised everyone with his slider and changeup, which touched 150 kilometers. It was disappointing that he didn’t complete the fifth inning, but Moon is getting better with each game.
After a disappointing 1-1 draw and two losses in Jamsil, Hanwha will look to bounce back at home against KIA on the 23rd. Foreign pitcher Sanchez, who has pitched solidly in the previous two games, will take the mound to face KIA ace Anderson.