“let’s go!” “It’s okay” “I understand”… ‘Gwangju Thor’ Anderson learns only good words
KIA Tigers foreign pitcher Sean Anderson is called ‘Gwangju Thor’. The overwhelming picture of striking out on the mound with a beautiful appearance and waving long hair is reminiscent of the god of thunder.
Anderson is not simply praised for his appearance. Anderson is a player who is a great light on the KIA mound in the team atmosphere of a difficult race at the beginning of this season. Anderson has appeared in five games this season and has a 2-2 record with an ERA of 3.06, 20 strikeouts and 4 walks with a WHIP of 0.93. As long as he was brought in as a ‘first starter’, Anderson is showing pitching that meets that standard.
Anderson’s value also shined in the match against Samsung Lions in Gwangju on April 23rd. On this day, Anderson contributed to the team’s 5-3 victory with 4 hits, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk and 2 runs in 6.1 innings. It was the first sweep series of the season, and it was an ace-like counterattack that came out in a situation where an opportunity to rebound was needed.
Anderson, who we met in Gwangju on the 25th, said, “I feel like I am getting stronger because I am in good shape and I am learning more about Korean hitters as I play each game. He was aware of the problems that had not been resolved at the beginning of the game, and he tried to diversify the pattern of attacking the strike zone.”
Anderson continued, “There are a lot of really good hitters in the KBO league. In particular, there are many hitters who have good bat control. He knows how to harass pitchers with his contact ability to hit the ball.”
Anderson was also impressed by Gwangju and the KBO League. In particular, the unique cheering culture of the KBO League gave Anderson an unforgettable moment.
Anderson said, “I know that Gwangju is famous not only for its food, but also for its passionate fans. The support is hot not only at home but also away. I hope fans can share good restaurants (laughs). Also, when I listen to the cheering songs that come out when I strike out or the cheering songs of hitters, all of them are highly addictive. It’s to the extent that I think about it right before I go to sleep,” she said with a smile.
Anderson is also known for eagerly learning the Korean language. He is a player who tries to read all the Korean signboards he sees while passing by. Anderson wants to write even simple words in Korean for short communication with Korean players.
Anderson said, “Wherever I go, I try to read Korean. He also tries to understand the meaning of words. But when I signed my name in Korean, the fans rather just asked me to do it in English (laughs). He also learned to say ‘let’s go’ and ‘it’s okay’ to cheer up his teammates. He mixes English and when he talks to his colleagues, he sometimes asks with the words, ‘I understand’,” he nodded. 메이저사이트
Usually, when a foreign player comes to the KBO league for the first time, his teammates mischievously teach him Korean swear words first. However, rather than such bad words, Anderson first learned good words to blend in with his teammates.
Anderson said, “I asked a lot of foreign players from other clubs about the Korean language. In the process, he heard a few bad words, but basically, he thought it would be better to learn good Korean when communicating with teammates or analyzing forces.”
What KIA wants most from Anderson is his performance as a starter innings. Anderson is well aware of such expectations, so he expressed his desire to go beyond 180 innings and challenge 200 innings.
Anderson said, “I am on the mound in the best condition thanks to the thorough management of our team’s training coaches. I don’t think I was given a chance to show my inning eater side in the US. In the KBO League, I basically want to show you a picture of challenging 200 innings with a goal of 180 innings.”