“I was envious and jealous” Honest Confession of an Expectant Juju who refused to change his name
In September of last year, before the Incheon SSG match, Kiwoom’s dugout was filled with sighs. It was because of the pity for the terrible injury misfortune of Lim Byeong-wook (28), who is expected to last forever.
At the time, Kiwoom considered Lim Byeong-wook as a hidden card for the postseason as there were no reliable hitters besides Lee Jeong-hoo (25), Kim Hye-seong (24), and Yasiel Puig (33). However, Lim Byeong-wook, who was a member of the Armed Forces Sports Unit (Sangmu), suffered an injury to the middle finger of his left hand shortly before being discharged and was out for the season.
It was always like this. Every time I tried to fly, big and small injuries caught my ankle. After debuting in the first team in 2015, it was only one year in 2018 that he digested more than the prescribed number of at-bats. It seemed different this time. In his last season at Sangmu, he recorded a batting average of 0.304, 6 home runs, 2 steals, and an OPS of 0.854 in 41 games last year, and he was in good shape. However, he broke his finger in the process of sliding during a practice match.
Lim Byung-wook, who recently met with Star News at the national baseball training ground in Goyang, said, “My house is near Gocheok Dome, so whenever I visit the club on vacation, the coaches and coaches say, ‘I’m always preparing well, I’ll see you in a good shape.’ Afterwards, while watching the team’s performance, I felt regretful about how great it would have been if we were together.” He added, “But I put that regret behind me and focused on building my body again. Rehabilitation was over in December, and now I’m entering technical training.”
There were many acquaintances who recommended that he change his name due to his continued injury. But he refused and his name is still Lim Byeong-wook. Lim Byung-wook said, “Even if I change my name, I wonder if anything will change. My life is what I have to pioneer, and what I have to change is not my name, but myself,” and said, “Rather than relying on that, I will try to be more diligent.”
That’s how the secret weapon was not used, and Kiwoom stepped on the stage of the Korean series without Lim Byung-wook. However, throughout the series Kiwoom, who was always unhappy with the other line, was followed by the assumption that ‘if there was Lim Byung-wook’. Of course, no one is as sad as I am.
Lim Byeong-wook said, “My heart went back and forth while watching the Korean series. Even if everyone did well, I felt good, but I was envious and jealous. I should have been able to congratulate you sincerely, but I couldn’t.” I hated that kind of me. I also felt a sense of skepticism. So, the more I felt, the more I did what I had to do (exercise).”
The promising 5-tool player in the past was calm and composed throughout the interview. For Lim Byeong-wook, who had not been able to show his proper performance for 8 years, specific batting results and extraordinary determination were luxury to him. For Lim Byeong-wook, who erased his thoughts, there was only one keyword, diligence.
Lim Byung-wook said, “I enlisted with the mindset of trying to do what I wanted to do at Sangmu. I wanted to play the baseball I wanted to do regardless of the record. So I boldly threw away what I had and challenged what I had not done. 온라인카지노 In my second year, I chose what I thought was the right direction and competed in the game. I was psychologically stable, and looking back, it was a good military life.”
At the same time, I learned how to take care of my own body. Lim Byung-wook emphasized, “I thought that the more diligent you are, the farther away you are from injury. It’s not a concept that you have to be more diligent than others. You have to feel diligent when you think about it yourself.” As I filled that time little by little with exercise, I became convinced that I would be fine if I did this even when I went outside.”
Kiwoom, who gained confidence by finishing runner-up in the Korean Series last year, challenges once again to win the Korean Series this year. In such growth, Byeong-wook Lim is still an attractive hidden card. In 2018, when he was healthy, he shone brilliantly with a batting average of 0.293, 13 homers, 60 RBIs, 16 stolen bases and an OPS of 0.795 in 134 games. Many fans still can’t let go of the moment when Lim Byung-wook hit a three-run game against Hanwha in the semi-playoffs in 2018.
Lim Byung-wook expressed his determination, saying, “I’m not obsessed with competing for the starting position and I’m just trying to focus on what I’m trying to do. Whether it’s starting as a starting lineup or a backup in the 2nd division, if I do my job silently, decent results will come out.”