2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) Kang Baek-ho, who was out after hitting a double in the game against Australia, fell off the base while holding a ceremony, hit a double in the first at-bat against Korea and Japan, and then performed a ceremony like ‘stepping on the base’.
Kang Baek-ho came out as the lead batter in the top of the 3rd inning against Japan 0-0 in the first round of the WBC finals held at Tokyo Dome, Japan on the 10th, and hit a double through the middle left against opponent starter Yu Darubish (San Diego Padres).
Kang Baek-ho, who played with all his might, pointed to the Korean dugout while stepping on second base and performed the same ceremony as he had in the game against Australia.
In the game against Australia held at the same place the day before, Kang Baek-ho came out as a pinch hitter and hit a double in the middle left in the bottom of the 7th inning, where he was behind 4-5.
Kang Baek-ho’s embarrassing mistake was followed by criticism from foreign media. Japan’s Nikkan Sports pointed out, “Korea lost its flow with this play,” and “we ended up hitting Bae Su-jin in the match against Japan on the 10th.”토토사이트
Sponich also analyzed, “It was a crucial mistake for Korea to lose to Australia that day.”
In particular, when Fox Sports, which was broadcasting the game, posted the video on Twitter, it recorded an explosive number of views of over 4.6 million. Overseas netizens also made mocking comments such as “Even the ball boy is smiling.”
Domestic netizens also commented on Kang Baek-ho’s careless behavior, such as “It’s a disgrace,” “It’s really embarrassing,” and “Are you a professional player?”