The players themselves, as well as the watching team and fans, are in pain. Brian O’Grady (31), a foreign hitter from Hanwha, is immersed in endless silence.메이저놀이터
On the 18th, O’Grady started as the 7th hitter and left fielder against the Lotte Giants in Daejeon and went 3 at-bats with no hits and 3 strikeouts. Hanwha was dragged 0-7, but thanks to Kwon Kwang-min’s superior 3-point run at the end of the 9th inning, Hanwha escaped defeat. It would have been the picture Hanwha wanted from O’Grady, but since there was nothing to prove, they had to pass the opportunity to Kwon Kwang-min.
O’Grady, who spent time adjusting in the 2nd group and returned to the 1st group on the 11th, is still unable to prove his results. He went 2-for-17 (0.118 batting average) in five games after his return. He strikes out 9 times and walks only 1, so his starting pitch is also not good.
Watching O’Grady’s at-bat, baseball commentator Kim Tae-hyeong expressed regret, explaining, “It would be nice to hit the right side a little bit, but he must be in a hurry. It’s not going the way he wants.”
What is more worrisome than the low numbers immediately visible is O’Grady’s mentality. O’Gredi showed a desire to bounce back even though he was sluggish with a batting average of 0.127 (8 hits in 63 at-bats), 8 RBIs, 4 walks, and 31 strikeouts in 17 games before he was reorganized in the second team. He showed a strong will to escape from sluggishness, such as coming out earlier than training time and making special hits.
Even now, the attitude of trying to rebound would not have changed, but I am more worried because my expression is much darker than before. Standing at the plate with an expression of lack of confidence and withdrawing helplessly is becoming more frequent. He also makes several gestures that make him feel frustrated. It is an attitude that lowers even the slightest expectations that viewers have.
Fans are raising their voices criticizing O’Grady. A spectator who visited the stadium was very angry while checking the lineup, saying, “Why did O’Grady enter again?” In the bottom of the 5th inning, which was trailing 0-3, with one out and first base, when O’Grady struck out on a swing for the second time that day and withdrew to the dugout, the scene of a fan swearing at the player was broadcast as it was.
In a similar vein, Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho is concerned about O’Grady’s homesickness. Director Choi said, “When family comes in June, there is a big difference between being alone and being with family. Foreigners are not extroverted, so it seems that friends like that have more homesickness.” It was expected that the result at bat would improve only when it was resolved.
Hanwha will hope more than anyone else that O’Grady will rebound in the near future. In a situation where pitcher Birch Smith, who had invested 1 million dollars, was announced as a waiver, and an additional 400,000 dollars was invested in new foreign hitter Ricardo Sanchez, even O’Grady, who was immediately recruited for 900,000 dollars, admits failure and takes out a replacement card. .
O’Grady now hangs his head rather than rejoice at a single hit. It’s an embarrassing result to be happy with innocently, but it’s hard to continue in a good flow if you don’t solve your shrinking mind first. O’Grady, the team, and the fans, when will the day come when they will be free from pain? Only frustrating time flows helplessly.