644,614 people. This is the number of spectators at home games that the Doosan Bears mobilized last year. A record that ranks fourth in the league behind SSG, LG, and Samsung, but it was a number that Doosan could never be satisfied with. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was Doosan that laughed at over a million people and always ranked first and second in the crowd mobilization rankings. However, the 2022 season was different. It was a bit shabby for a record made with Seoul and Jamsil Baseball Stadium, the most popular places in Korea, as their hometowns.
The cause was also sexual sluggishness. Until July, when there was hope for fall baseball, the mobilization of spectators was relatively good, but after August, when it was far from the top 5, it fell sharply. 9th in the final ranking. Doosan had a season without a fall for the first time in 8 years since 2014, and had to spend a regrettable year falling outside the top 2 in mobilizing home spectators (based on 100% admission) for the first time in 17 years since 2005.
Heo Gyeong-min, who had been with Doosan’s ‘Miracle History’, was also quite shocked by the small number of spectators. Heo Gyeong-min said, “I always played baseball in front of 1 million spectators, but last year I played baseball in an empty baseball field.” The reality of being turned away by fans due to poor grades was felt only regretfully. 메이저사이트
But I couldn’t help but be disappointed. Heo Kyung-min and Doosan used the ignorance of the fans as the driving force behind the rebound. Heo Gyeong-min said, “It was a year when I realized that fans do not come to see our growth, but to see our victory.” I want to work on the new season by emphasizing this aspect a lot to the players,” he sang of hope. 메이저사이트
Not only ‘Captain’ Heo Gyeong-min, but also the command tower expressed their determination to rebound without fail, taking last year as a mirror. Head coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “The players will have a strong opinion that they should not repeat the same mistakes as last year.” However, I will do my best to complete the team again so that many fans will think that last year’s unfortunate ranking was a ‘mistake’.”
The Doosan team left for Australia on the 29th with the will of the ‘boss bears’ on their backs. Doosan prepares for a rebound in the new season in 2023 by holding a spring camp schedule in Sydney, Australia, until March 7. Attention is focusing on whether Doosan, which was newly born as Lee Seung-yeop, will be able to rebuild its reputation.