“I didn’t come to the field training for this…” WBC national team ‘crying’ at the weather in Tucson
The baseball team’s training in Tucson, Arizona, USA, aiming for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) semifinals, is disrupted by inclement weather.
I came here hoping for a warm environment to avoid the cold of Korea, but the temperature is low and it rains every day, so the effectiveness of field training is somewhat diminished.
On the 26th (hereafter local time) at 1:00 pm, a practice match between the national team and the LG Twins was held at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson.
However, as the wind and rain fell from dawn, the ground condition deteriorated, and the game was canceled around 8:00 am.
As the game was canceled from early morning, the team changed their schedule to self-training. The players practiced batting and pitching at the Keno Sports Complex.
The national team, which finishes the two-week schedule in Tucson with training on the morning of the 27th, planned to send some of the pitching staff to the opponent’s side in the game against LG that day, but the plan was disrupted due to the weather, and the actual schedule in Keno was canceled. Done.
In fact, the weather in Tucson has been a problem since the beginning. It was rather chilly from the 14th, the day of the national team’s call, and on the morning of the 15th, snow and the perceived temperature dropped below freezing, so the players had to train wearing thick jumpers and muffs.
During training on the 18th, the weather was clear and hot, but on the 20th, training was conducted again in cloudy and windy weather.
On the 22nd, strong winds along with heavy rain reached a situation where the scheduled practice game against KT Wiz could not be held.
Fortunately, the 23rd was a training day on the schedule, so we were able to postpone the match by a day, but it was not very pleasant to have a change in the scheduled schedule.
On the 24th, the 2nd practice game against KT was played safely, but the match against LG that day was not played because of the rain. Now that they have to leave Tucson in a day, the national team has lost one actual game and finished off-season training.
The basic skills of the players gathered in the national team are all excellent, so there is nothing that will take a big hit if they fail to play one game. 스포츠토토
However, it is necessary to improve the sense of practice earlier than in previous years along with adapting to the official ball for the competition.
It’s good to play as many games as possible for teamwork, such as sign play between fielders. In that respect, Tucson’s weather is disappointing.
In particular, the consistently chilly weather here is not good because it can adversely affect the players’ physical condition management, such as a cold.
The players are showing an attitude to overcome anything by maintaining a bright atmosphere as much as possible even in inclement weather, but they cannot hide their disappointment due to the weather.
After the KT game on the 23rd, captain Kim Hyun-soo said, “I came thinking the weather was good, but I didn’t know it would be this cold.” I won’t follow you,” he said.
After training on the morning of the 27th, the national team, which will board the flight home, will gather again as a whole at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 2nd, and will play the final practice game against the SSG Landers Futures (2nd team) on the 3rd before going to Japan, the decisive battle. .
Coach Kang-Cheol Lee, who completed training in Tucson somewhat unfortunately, returned to Korea with the task of matching the players’ breath and raising their senses in the shortest possible time.