“I’M GOING TO COLLECT ALL THE BADGES,”SAYS HANWHA’S MOON DONG-JU OF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AT THE ASIAN GAMES

Moon Dong-ju, 19, a second-year starting pitcher for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization, carries the heavy burden of being a one-two punch for the national baseball team. He is the favourite to start against Chinese Taipei in the group stage of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, which could be a watershed moment for the team. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a pitcher whose performance in a single game can make or break a tournament. However, Moon’s positive attitude and cheerful personality have helped him to cope with the pressure .Moon is enjoying the tournament more than most. “Not only me, but all the players will feel pressure,” he told reporters after the team’s first official training session at the Shaoxing Baseball and Softball Sports Centre near Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, on Monday, “but if we work as a team, the pressure will naturally disappear.” “Today at the training camp, a Singaporean player recognised me,” he said, “It was very strange. We took a picture together and chatted a lot. I felt like I was in an international competition .”He said he was also doing “pin trading,” a favourite pastime of participants in international competitions such as the Olympics. Pin trading involves exchanging commemorative badges prepared by athletes from different countries, which are usually worn on the necklace of the AD card, an official identification card. “I want to trade a lot of badges, I’ll get them all,” Moon laughed. “I can’t tell you,” he shook his head when asked if the starting match had been decided, “but before Kwok Bin’s day, I’ll help Binyi, and on my day, Binyi will help me,” he said. “I’ve been living with him as a roommate, and he gives me a lot of advice,” he added. As for the practicality issue that some people are worried about, he said, “There will be no problem.” “I’ve thrown after a long break before,” he said, “and I’m preparing well because I have experience. “Moon hasn’t pitched in an official game in about a month after his start against the LG Twins on 3 March .This is because his team, Hanwha, has capped his total innings pitched this season at 120 to protect him .However, after finishing the league schedule, Moon continued to work 토토사이트 on his body to prepare for the tournament. “I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in,” he said, “and I’m ready to give it my all.”

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