“The weather is very ambiguous.”
Lotte Giants acting manager Lee Jong-woon talked about the remaining game schedule in an interview before the game against Kiwoom Heroes in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at 안전놀이터Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 15th. did.
Lotte won a cold game against KIA on the 13th, 3-1 in the 6th inning due to rain. The game on the 14th was canceled due to rain and will be rescheduled at a later date. Acting coach Lee Jong-woon, who returned to Busan after the Gwangju expedition, looked at the tarpaulin-covered ground and cloudy sky and said, “Still, I think we will play today.”
This season, the KBO League is having difficulty completing the remaining game schedule due to a series of rainy weather cancellations due to the long rainy season and typhoons. Moreover, due to the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) schedule to be held in November, the postseason schedule cannot be further postponed. If a game is canceled due to rain, additional double headers may need to be held in the future.
Regarding the cancellation of the last game due to rain, Acting Manager Lee Jong-woon said, “There is a burden of having to go to Gwangju again. Still, it is better to not play than to play in bad conditions when it is raining. In any case, it is best to play the game in good condition.”
Lotte announced Park Se-woong as the starting pitcher on the 14th, but changed Charlie Barnes to the starting pitcher for this day’s game. Coach Lee Jong-woon said, “I plan to have Park Se-woong pitch one game and then one more game, but we have to look at the situation. Na Kyun-an plans to pitch just one more game and send it to the Asian Games. “I thought there was no need to overwork him, so I scheduled his appearance like this,” he explained.
On this day, a small amount of rain fell and stopped repeatedly in Busan from the morning. A tarp has been installed on the ground just in case, but it is expected that there will be no major problems with the start of the game. When told that rain was forecast for the night, coach Lee Jong-woon said, “The weather is very ambiguous,” and added, “Once the game starts, it will be difficult to stop. In the last game, we won cold due to rain, but thanks to the bad weather, something good happened. “We need to use games like this as an opportunity to hit the ground running,” he said with a smile.