At this point, it’s time to add gold to the title of victory fairy. This is the story of Hanwha Eagles closer Ricardo Sanchez.
Sanchez was hit in the left forearm by Park Gun-woo’s bat in the third inning of the Changwon NC on April 23, but he still managed to complete five innings with 79 pitches. He could have pitched in the sixth inning, but manager Choi Won-ho replaced him for player protection. After the game, Sanchez said, “I don’t have to worry about my arm. 메이저놀이터 I can prepare for the next game normally,” he said confidently.
However, on the 27th, Sanchez was hit by a pitch again against KT in Daejeon. In the top of the third inning, KT’s Kim Sang-soo cut a five-pitch changeup from Hanwha starter Peña and sent it flying straight toward the Hanwha dugout. It was a fastball that Sanchez, who was sitting on the bench, had no time to dodge.
The coaching staff and teammates in the dugout were more surprised than Sanchez and Peña. Kim Sang-soo and Peña witnessed 안전놀이터추천 the exact moment the ball hit Sanchez’s left hand. Thinking it was a serious situation, Sang-soo Kim rushed to the Hanwha dugout, while Peña kept an eye on Sanchez, but his behavior put everyone at ease. Sanchez stood up with his arms open as if it was no big deal, smiled modestly, and walked back down the aisle. Only after being urged by an interpreter did Sanchez head to the physical therapy room, and after being cleared, he returned to the dugout to watch the rest of the game.
The next day, Sanchez walked out of the outfield bullpen after practice and was greeted by KT coach Choi Man-ho. Sanchez, who was already speaking Korean, first bowed politely and then smiled like a child. It’s a way of saying nothing is wrong. Sanchez was more concerned about KT starting pitcher Ko Young-pyo, who had been hit in the foot the day before.
Here’s what Sanchez had to say about the foul ball.
“The foul ball came flying at me as I was sitting on top of the equipment locker. I realized that if I dodged it, I would fall and hurt myself. So I reflexively blocked the foul ball with my hand. It hit me in the palm of my left hand between the little and ring fingers, but I didn’t feel any pain. I’m fine now. No worries.”
I’m just glad I didn’t hurt my stomach.