On the 8th, Ilguhoe, an OB group in the Korean professional baseball league, held an award ceremony for the 2023 New Tride Day Ilgu Award at the Rivera Hotel in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul.
The event was held as usual. Along with the welcoming speech of Kim Kwang-soo, chairman of Ilgu District, a congratulatory speech was followed by a congratulatory speech from KBO President Heo Gu-yeon and New Triddy Day CEO Kim Hyung-dae.
However, an unexpected guest appeared on the day. The congratulatory message from the late Hanwha Eagles coach Choi Dong-won was delivered through the screen. Choi passed away in 2011 after battling colorectal cancer. The Japanese league has recreated the much-loved name, Choi Dong-won, into “AI technology.”
The face of Choi Dong-won appeared on the screen, and he delivered a congratulatory speech in a voice restored with AI technology. His congratulatory speech began with a welcome greeting, “Are you all surprised? Nice to meet you. I’m Choi Dong-won.”
Choi once said, “Hello, coach Huh Gu-yeon. Long time no see. Should I call him president now? Congratulations on your second term in office. Please continue to work hard for the Korean baseball league.” Choi left a message to the president of Hu Jie-yeon and said, “Coach Kim Seong-geun. It’s nice to see you on TV these days. It’s gotten colder. Always take care of your health. Manager Kim In-sik, how are you? I feel sad whenever I think about your uncomfortable health. I will never forget you, who became a major pillar of the Korean baseball league. Coach Kang Byung-chul sent a message to the leaders who were with him, saying, “When I think back to the days when Lotte won in 1984, it feels like yesterday. 40 years have already passed.” 파워볼실시간
Finally, Choi Dong-won, former coach of the team, sent a message of support to his friend Kim Kwang-soo, saying, “Lastly, my friend, Kwang-soo. I’ve been playing together since I was in middle school, and time flies. It’s really nice to see you as a team president and making efforts for the Korean baseball and baseball players. I’m glad you made this opportunity again. I’ll always cheer for you.”
Then, Kim Kwang-soo, the chairman of Ilgu District, could not hide his tears while watching the screen. Although it was a fictional voice of former coach Choi Dong-won, he couldn’t help but shed tears at longing for his friend who went to heaven first.
The message from Choi Dong-won ended with, “I will always pray for the endless development of Korean baseball and baseball games.” If he were still with us today, wouldn’t he have left such a message.
Former manager Choi Dong-won is an icon of “old-fashioned” Busan and one of the legendary figures in Korean baseball. The scene where former manager Choi Dong-won won the Korean Series by himself in 1984 and led the Lotte Giants to its first Korean Series championship is still a famous scene that is still talked about after nearly 40 years.
His friend Kim Kwang-soo joined the team as a bench coach. Lotte recruited “winning coach” Kim Tae-hyung to change the winning clock, which was still suspended in 1992, and Kim wants to strengthen the power of the bench by bringing in his coach Kim Kwang-soo, who is eight years his senior. With the support of Choi Dong-won, who wishes Lotte a good luck in the sky, coach Kim Kwang-soo will also coach the players more passionately.