San Diego Padres’ Kim Ha-seong injured himself in the heat of the moment, but why was he so angry?
In the bottom of the seventh inning of the Padres’ home game against the New York Mets at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on Aug. 8 (KST), Kim hit a deep fly ball to left field and ran to third base before being thrown out.
He then became enraged and kicked a water bottle in the corner of the dugout, injuring his toe in the process, and was removed from the game in the top of the ninth inning.
After the game, Kim, who hadn’t been seen in the clubhouse for a while, limped out of the treatment room. He was momentarily surprised to see the media surrounding him, but later calmly answered questions.
“I think we’ll have to wait and see,” he said, “I was so angry that I made a mistake that I shouldn’t have. The next time I’m in a situation like this, I won’t do that. I think it’s a consequence of being too competitive,” he said.
“I thought I was safe at third base, but the third baseman pushed me (with his glove). I got mad at that,” he said, explaining the real reason for his anger. 안전놀이터추천
“I thought I had enough,” he continued, “Tippy (TP, Mets left fielder Tommy Pham) was on the same team, but he doesn’t have a very good shoulder, so I thought I had enough. I had enough (timing), but the third baseman tagged me with his glove and pushed my leg (off the base). It was very intentional,” he said.
He gestured toward the dugout after the out was called to protest. “He told me he pushed me, but I couldn’t understand him,” he said, adding, “I’ll do the same thing in the future (when fielding).”
His anger might have been less pronounced if his out hadn’t had such a significant impact on the outcome of the game. Unfortunately, it didn’t. If he had stopped at second base, he could have come home on the next batter, Juan Soto’s double.
“I made an aggressive choice and it ended up being an out, and the next guy was a good player. That affected my game today,” he said, adding that he was disappointed that his play affected the outcome of the game.