Full Count (2023–…): Season 1, Episode 1 - Full Count - full transcript

An unwanted player attempts for the most home runs of 2022 against everyone's expectations.

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(loud thud)

INTERVIEWER:
What kind of sport is baseball?

Baseball?

(breathes deeply)

That's a difficult question.

(clock ticking)

PLAYER 1: It's a sport

where you use a certain-sized bat
to hit a certain-sized ball.

(crowd cheering)

PLAYER 2: If another thought enters
your head in that split second, you miss.

CASTER:
The outside pitch comes into the zone!



Soccer doesn't have a two-point goal.

-CASTER 1: Yes.
-CASTER 2: It goes across the stadium!

HAEMIN: Even if you are behind
by three points in baseball,

you can hit a walk-off grand slam.

PLAYER 3: In that aspect,
baseball is unpredictable.

PLAYER 4: It's a sport for those
who have a strong mentality.

PLAYER 5: It feels like
you are being tested.

There are statistics
that accurately evaluate your performance.

(crowd roaring)

PLAYER 6: You get pressured
for better performance and more wins.

PLAYER 7: Unlike other sports,
we play matches every day.

CASTER: The eye-catching
home run by Kim Doyeong!

PLAYER 8: My team members
are closer to me than my family.

(clapping and cheering)



PLAYER 9: In a way,
baseball is my entire youth.

10 CLUBS

INTERVIEWER: Which team
do you consider as your rival?

All nine clubs.

PLAYER 10: If we beat the Lotte Giants,
I think we'll win the rest.

144 GAMES OVER 7 MONTHS

PLAYER 11: Our team
trained hard during the winter.

(clacking)

I believe our players are confident.

PLAYER 12: Only five teams
make it to the postseason.

KBO LEAGUE

I wanted to win no matter what.

CASTER: He hits a homer!

DAEHO: I'll move on up one step at a time.

MAN: This year, spectators are allowed in...

HOST: He's the first
Major Leaguer of the club.

PLAYER 13: They expect
a lot from the rookies.

I was dazed.

REPORTER: In Game Four
of the Korean Series,

Kiwoom came out on top against SSG...

CASTER: The first run goes
to SSG Landers!

He shoots it up! It's safe!

We are going all out.

REPORTER: They have balanced out
their records. Two wins and two losses.

MYUNGSUK: They were caught off guard.

PLAYER 12: Kiwoom's energy
was intimidating.

UNIMAGINABLY POOR PERFORMANCES

SEUNGHWAN: I'd never
experienced this before.

DAEHO: I'll try my best
until the end of the season,

and I hope to see you all again.
Thank you.

10 EPISODES OF DRAMA

PLAYER 13: Baseball is...

a sport filled with emotions.

BYUNGHO: What is baseball?

(pondering hum)

It's just everything to me.

I started baseball when I was young.

And I've felt happiness
and sadness through baseball.

So, to me, baseball is everything.

EP.01
THE HOUR OF RESURRECTION

-INTERVIEWER: Hello.
-BYUNGHO: Hello.

-INTERVIEWER: Nice to meet you.
-BYUNGHO: Hello.

This is bigger than I thought.

-INTERVIEWER: We're filming a documentary...
-Yes.

...about the ten baseball clubs,
and we're the production crew.

I see.

-STAFF: Let me cut a loose thread.
-Sure.

INTERVIEWER: Please introduce yourself,

including your uniform number,
team, and position.

Hello, I'm Park Byungho.

I play for KT Wiz

as a first baseman,
and my uniform number is 52.

(crowd cheering)

(bat clacks)

CASTER 1: This is the third pitch.
It's another big hit.

It flies to the left, and it's gone!

-Back-to-back home runs!
-(bat clacks)

It goes to the center this time.

Three home runs in a row!

REPORTER: Park Byungho from Kiwoom
hit four home runs just yesterday.

(crowd cheering)

BYUNGHO: I was fascinated.
It was amazing, yes.

I think yesterday's game
really boosted my confidence.

COMMENTATOR: I think he's asking
for the secret to Byungho's home runs.

-Kim Haseong and Lee Junghoo.
-(caster laughs)

CASTER: The final score is 15 to 0.

COMMENTATOR:
Park Byungho carried the game.

CASTER: That's right.

THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE SEASON

REPORTER: A Kiwoom official,
who has been in talks with Park Byungho

as a free agent, said the decision
is up to Park Byungho,

implying that the negotiation
may not follow through.

(indistinct chatter)

(players yelling)

YURA: I don't think
even Park Byungho himself thought

that he would wear another team's uniform
instead of Kiwoom Heroes' uniform.

I'm sure he believed
that he would retire from this team.

-(bat clacks)
-(grunts)

When his team, whom he trusted,
didn't offer to sign him as a free agent,

he was just as shocked himself.

His juniors and fans who looked up to him

were dumbfounded
when he signed with another team.

ANCHOR: Park Byungho,
who was originally with Kiwoom,

signed with the winning team, KT Wiz.

BYUNGHO: First of all, KT Wiz
was the winning team the previous year.

I wanted to wear the championship ring.

So that's why I ended up changing teams.

MANAGER LEE KANGCHUL
KT WIZ

-KANGCHUL: It's been a while.
-MAN: Hello.

ESCORT: Please come this way.

-KANGCHUL: I'll see you later.
-MAN: Yes, sir.

HOST 1: Welcome to 2022 KBO Media Day
sponsored by Shinhan.

After a long and cold winter,

-spring has finally come.
-HOST 2: Yes.

HOST 1: With the spring breeze,
it feels like it's time for baseball.

This is the season for baseball.

Where do I go? Where?

MAN: This way.

CREW 1: Hit the slate.

This is nice.
This really is a proper interview.

-CREW 2: Kim Kwanghyun, take one.
-(clacks)

Hello, I'm Kim Kwanghyun from SSG Landers.

My uniform number is 29,
and I'm a pitcher.

ROH SIHWAN, HANHWA EAGLES
SON AHSEOP, NC DINOS

All we need to do is play well.

HOST 1: The KBO League season
will begin in two days,

April 2nd, Saturday, at 2:00 p.m.

All ten teams will play on opening day
in five stadiums across the country,

starting their journey for victory.

LEE JUNGHOO, KIWOOM HEROES
YASIEL PUIG, KIWOOM HEROES

-He keeps wanting me to use TikTok.
-WOMAN: TikTok, I see.

-TikTok!
-Stop that, man.

When I was playing baseball
in middle school,

Puig was already a famous player
in the Major League.

JUNGHOO: So when I heard the news
that he was coming, I was excited.

MANAGER LARRY SUTTON
LOTTE GIANTS

SUTTON (in English): I'm sure
you told me that and I just removed it.

DIRECTOR (in Korean):
He just needs to look at us.

TRANSLATOR (in English): So look
at your friend while you're talking.

-Handsome boy.
-(staff cackling)

-DIRECTOR: Thank you.
-This is a Major League setup, bro.

Good job. I'm impressed.

MANAGER SUTTON WAS THE KBO HOME RUN KING
WITH THE HYUNDAI UNICORNS IN 2005

-(in Korean) Let's sit here.
-MAN: Yes, sir.

KOOYOUN:
Tell Manager Subero he looks good.

-TRANSLATOR (in English): Good job today.
-CARLOS (in Spanish): Thank you.

(laughter)

(in English) Yeah,
it's a follow-up to the rebuilding

that we started last year in 2021.

Our players have gotten better.

-(in Korean) Thank you for having me.
-INTERVIEWER: Thank you.

When will this air?

INTERVIEWER: We're not sure,
but probably next year.

My contract ends this year,
so I hope I can watch it before that.

INTERVIEWER (laughs):
We will keep that in mind.

YURA: In 2022, the teams
that were rated as the strong teams

were the LG Twins,
who are proclaimed to win now,

the defending champion, KT Wiz,

and SSG Landers,
who had made a big investment.

They were thought of
as the strong teams of the year.

If they recruit a star player,

of course they will have a boost
in their team power,

but also a boost in their team's morale.

That's why the teams tend
to invest more in recruiting players

to improve their teamwork.

(indistinct chatter)

Of course.

I'm sure the players
felt it in their bones last year.

What we had taken for granted
was something so precious.

Having the fans attend the games.

BYUNGHO: This season,
many players know what is expected of them

since we have the crowd back now.

I think we're going to win,

so I wanted to promise
something realistic in the interview.

Our parent company owns a coffee shop
and a hamburger franchise.

It'd be interesting if our players
went to those stores and served food.

I want to spend quality time with my fans
by inviting them to those places.

They're the popular team.

(inhales and exhales)

There's a considerable difference.

DOYOUNG: Look at the flashes there.

SUNGBUM: Leave them here.

MAN: We have to play much better.

SUNGBUM: It'll get better
if we play better.

MAN: Of course.

REPORTER 1: You're now
on the same team as Park Byungho.

-HYEONGJUN: Yes.
-REPORTER 2: How do you feel?

First of all, now that he's on our team,

I want to pitch well so that he
can wear the championship ring again

and hold up the trophy high.

REPORTER 2: You'll now have
to play against Kiwoom.

Right.

REPORTER 2: Do you have
a player you want to face,

or a player you don't want to face?

A player I want to face?

To be honest, I want
to avoid going against any of them.

BYUNGHO: I experienced it
during the exhibition game.

(Byungho clicks tongue, hums)

The world of competition is harsh.

But still, I get emotional
when I meet my former teammates.

(pensive hum and lips smack)

So it's not easy.

I was just happy to see everyone.

They are my good friends.

And I'll need to make an adjustment
when I play this season,

especially at Gocheok Sky Dome.

-KOOYOUN: Is he here?
-MAN: Yes, sir.

Hello, nice to meet you all.

-KOOYOUN: Welcome.
-PLAYER 1: Hello.

-PLAYER 2: Hello, sir.
-KOOYOUN: Hey.

-Hello.
-KOOYOUN: You're here.

Nice to see you.

So you're Doyeong?

KOOYOUN: You're handsome,
much better-looking than Lee Jongbeom.

-Hello, sir.
-KOOYOUN: Hey.

-This is Puig?
-YASIEL: Yes.

KOOYOUN (in English): Do you remember me?

(in Spanish) He asks
if you recognize him.

Yes, I saw you many times
in the locker room.

HEO KOOYOUN
KBO COMMISSIONER

(indistinct chatter)

Go ahead and sit.

KOOYOUN (grunts): Well...

PARK HAEMIN
LG TWINS OUTFIELDER

I'm sure you all know,
but ethics and morals

are important factors as an athlete.

We want ethics and morals as well.

I want the baseball industry
to spearhead such a notion.

We need to send out a message
that we will abide by these norms

so that we can become
the leaders of this generation.

Please keep that in mind.

This is how we can bring our fans back.

I want you guys
to help me out with it, okay?

REPORTER: KBO League players have violated
the COVID-19 prevention guidelines,

hosting a drinking party
at their dormitory,

resulting in disciplinary action.

The Korea Professional
Baseball Players Association

posted a statement,

apologizing to baseball fans
and the public for such misconduct.

(buzzer alarms, machine clonks)

(bat clacks)

WOOYOUNG: There's been a real crisis
regarding the ethical aspect

of the baseball players.

It should be taken seriously.

In order to keep the fans,
that's the least they can do.

They should take it seriously.

As a sportscaster
who commentates for the KBO League,

it was quite a shameful incident.

SUTTON (in English):
How did camp finish? Did you finish well?

TRANSLATOR (in Korean):
Did you finish up the camp well?

It went well, but Baekho got injured...
(chuckles)

TRANSLATOR (in English): Everything went
really well, except No. 50 got hurt.

SUTTON: The team is strong though.

-TRANSLATOR (in Korean): But still...
-No, no.

Now that we have Park Byungho...

-TRANSLATOR (in English): No. 52...
-SUTTON: Congratulations on that.

(in Korean) He congratulates you
on your victory last year.

Oh, the rank one team.

-Hello. How are you?
-CARLOS: Hello.

MANAGER KIM JONGKOOK
KIA TIGERS

DONGWOOK: All the experts
are saying you're the most favored to win.

-KANGCHUL: Thank you very much.
-JONGKOOK: No, I'm for Kia.

I'm on KT Wiz's side no matter what.
(laughter)

He's so relaxed about it.

KANGCHUL: Stop that. NC is much stronger.

MANAGER LEE DONGWOOK
NC DINOS

Starting in May, NC Dinos will...

I think they'll move on up.

ANCHOR: The youngest team
of the KBO League! The tenth team!

KT Wiz, the new champion,

has finally won its first series
since its foundation!

I had never thought I'd win
the series as a manager.

Thank you to all the fans
who supported us.

HOST: Manager Lee Kangchul,
I'd like to know what you are thinking

going into this year's season.

Hello. I'm the manager of KT Wiz,
Lee Kangchul.

KANGCHUL: For KT Wiz, this season

will be our chance to take a big leap
to secure our victory once again.

I'll try my best and do well
so we'll win this year's series as well.

Thank you.

As a commentator,
what I do the most is make predictions.

It's like I'm a fortune teller.

YONGTAIK: I predicted
that KT Wiz will win.

Then LG Twins below them,

then NC Dinos,

then SSG Landers,

and finally Samsung Lions.

My prediction was almost the same
as the rankings from the previous year.

It was a shame that we lost to KT Wiz
and lost our chance for the trophy.

However, this year, I will try my best
and get as many wins as possible

so that it won't be a repeat of last year.

KT Wiz will...

KT Wiz.

I think KT Wiz.

It's a good thing that you're now
the public enemy number one.

-HOST 1: Park Byungho.
-HOST 2: What should you do?

HOST 1: You're public enemy number one.

I just joined the team,
so So Hyeongjun can take over.

I want to defend our victory much more so.

It's harder to defend your championship.

KT WIZ SUWON
HOME STADIUM OPENING GAME

ANNOUNCER: To congratulate KT's victory,

we will now begin the ceremony
to give them their championship rings.

Today, many people are joining us
for the ceremony to congratulate...

BAEKHO: I'm happy that I can proudly say
that we are the champions.

I want to defend this title.

This wasn't just luck.

I want people to think
that we have truly become a strong team.

(cheering, clapping)

This is the beginning of our history.

Please look forward to our growth
and join us on our journey.

Thank you for all the support.

WITH ONE WEEK LEFT UNTIL
THE OPENING DAY OF THE SEASON,

KANG BAEKHO FRACTURED A TOE
AND HAD TO BE BENCHED

KT WIZ'S LINEUP RELIED ON KANG BAEKHO,

SO THEY HAD TO RELY
ON THEIR NEW SLUGGER, PARK BYUNGHO

♪ KT Wiz's Park Byungho ♪

CASTER: With the warm sunlight
of spring, baseball returns this year.

Today, we are in Suwon.

Today's game is
Samsung Lions versus KT Wiz.

This is the second game
of the opening series.

Park Byungho was closest
to victory in 2014.

He played against the Samsung Lions
in the Korean Series.

CASTER: Samsung Lions players
are ready to enter the field.

Will Park Byungho become

the last hitter of the Nexen Heroes
in the 2014 season?

(bat clacks)

A fastball flies up high!

Samsung Lions are getting ready to win!

WOOYOUNG: Park Byungho says that moment
is the moment he regrets the most.

CASTER: We introduce
to you the winning team!

The champion of the Korean Series of 2014.

Four consecutive victories! Samsung Lions!

WOOYOUNG: It was
a shocking moment for him.

So I'm sure he wanted to join a team
where he can ensure his victory.

INTERVIEWER: What do you think
drove them to perform well last year?

-Okay!
-PLAYERS: All right!

It's the power of synergy.

WOOYOUNG: Koo Jawook's performance
was really explosive that year.

Also, Kang Minho

-was also explosive last season.
-All right!

However, his performance
faltered in the fall.

I'm thinking
he will try much harder this year.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
SAMSUNG 0 : 0 KT

CASTER 1: With two outs, he will
now face the cleanup trio from KT Wiz.

Yesterday, Park Byungho had a hit
for the first time yesterday

in the regular season
after joining KT Wiz.

It doesn't go too deep.
It lands near Kim Hungon again.

It lands in front of him.

KT Wiz lost Kang Baekho,

but with Park Byungho's hit streaks,
they might continue to perform well.

CASTER 2: That's right.

BAEKHO: With Park Byungho joining
our team, he's been really helpful to me.

I'm learning a lot from him.

And in a way, he's a living legend.

He was the home run leader many times.

He shares his experiences.

I ask him a lot
about how he played back then.

I'm really learning a lot.

(mitt thuds)

FAN: His defense
as the first baseman is solid.

What we are looking forward to
is a clean home run from him,

although he hasn't hit one yet.

It'll be the best.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
SAMSUNG 0 : 0 KT

CASTER 1: Albert Suarez
with his third strikeout today.

(rhythmic clapping)

CASTER 1: Park Byungho
made the first hit of the game today.

Finally, he manages to swing it far away.

It's a home run!

(crowd roaring in joy)

He's not a hero anymore,
but he's now a wizard.

The first home run
from the slugger, Park Byungho.

With Park Byungho's first home run,
KT takes the lead with a run.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
SAMSUNG 0 : 1 KT

EARLY INTO THE SEASON, PARK BYUNGHO
SHOOTS UP A HOMER IN HIS SECOND GAME

AND RAISES HOPES FOR A PERFORMANCE
WORTHY OF A HOME RUN LEADER

THE FIRST FOUR CONSECUTIVE HOME RUNS
OF AMATEUR BASEBALL

(keyboard clacking)

YEIRANG: Today's game must
have been so much fun.

LEE YEIRANG
LEECO SPORTS AGENCY CEO

-BYUNGHO: Hello?
-Congratulations.

BYUNGHO: Thank you very much, but we lost.

YEIRANG: I know. It would
have been great if you had won today.

Oh, well. Anyway, I wanted
to congratulate you on your first homer.

BYUNGHO: I ordered 80 pizza pies.

-Because of the home run?
-BYUNGHO: Yes.

(snarls)
From where?

BYUNGHO: There was a Pizza Hut
in front of the stadium.

YEIRANG: Really?

Wow, you're amazing.

BYUNGHO: It's good
to treat them, you know.

Of course, it's good.

(exhales and lips smack)
Everything's good.

BYUNGHO: I'm going to buy some
for the staff at the front office.

(affirmative hum)

BYUNGHO: Just to say hello.

That sounds good. You should.

INTERVIEWER: Could you tell us
about the FA signings in 2022?

Actually, as each team's player power
becomes more competitive,

the free agent market
also becomes more active.

Over the course of a year or two,
they were the undisputed first place.

And baseball games stayed
very close until the end.

In those cases, one or two players

can end up changing
the outcome of the game.

So I'd say that the market
was the most active.

YEIRANG: Park Byungho transferred teams
when he was over 35 years old.

But it wasn't easy to do.

YURA: It was shocking.

Park Byungho was the symbol
that represented Kiwoom Heroes.

He was basically their franchise player.

Even when they saw the news,

people didn't believe
that he was leaving the team.

Even we were dumbfounded.

PARK BYUNGHO

YURA: The player, Park Byungho,

was actually not a franchise player
in Kiwoom Heroes.

He was traded into the team.

But he says that he doesn't want
to remember the dark past

when he was playing for the LG Twins.

PARK BYUNGHO DIDN'T SHINE AT LG
AND WAS TRADED TO THE NEXEN HEROES

2011 REGULAR SEASON
DAEGU CIVIC STADIUM

REPORTER: You have
another opportunity in your baseball life.

How do you feel?

First of all, I'd like to apologize
to my team, the LG Twins.

I couldn't seize the opportunity
they'd given me until now,

and I feel responsible
for the poor performance of the team,

I am sorry to them.

BYUNGHO: To be frank, I'm not here
at Nexen Heroes because I performed well.

(sucks teeth)
But from now on, I will try my best

so we could be a strong team,

and I hope to contribute
to my new team's victories.

So please look forward to it.

When Park Byungho first joined the team,
he had lost a lot of confidence.

YURA: Before, he thought that he
may get demoted to the reserve team.

With that in mind,
he played every game like it was his last.

-His timing was completely off this time.
-CASTER 1: You're right.

CASTER 2: In my opinion,
he looks like he is way too tense.

That's my two cents.

CASTER 1: You're right.

If anyone were in his position,

they would want to prove themselves
in their first appearance.

CASTER 2: I agree.

PARK BYUNGHO

YURA: As soon as he joined Nexen Heroes,
Manager Kim Sijin told him,

"You will always be my fourth hitter
even if you get struck out three times."

As soon as he heard that,
he said he had a change in his heart.

He thought,
"Even if I perform badly today,

I'll still be in the lineup tomorrow.

And I will be the fourth hitter,
so I can relax."

With that, he made peace with himself
and began to change his mindset.

CASTER 1: Park Byungho
needs to take smaller swings.

-Smaller swings are fine.
-CASTER 2: Right.

It's okay if he gets struck out.

-CASTER 1: Full count.
-(bat clacks)

-He pops it up high!
-CASTER 2: Look at that.

CASTER 1: It's going towards the wall!

-It goes over the wall!
-(crowd roars)

(in English)
Goodbye!

(in Korean)
The score is three to two!

Park Byungho's walk-off home run!

Nexen Heroes takes the win!

CASTER 2: I told you yesterday

that Park Byungho feels
more comfortable with Nexen Heroes.

And today, the change in his psychology
led him to this confident batting.

That's my take on this.

I felt small these days.

But my seniors on the team
told me everything was all right.

They kept telling me
to swing with confidence.

BYUNGHO: I was determined
to get myself back on my feet.

CASTER 2: I know you can't see,
but your mother is crying.

CASTER 1: She's crying tears of joy.

Even if my parents
go to their school reunions,

they can finally smile
like when I had just joined a pro team.

I will try my best to keep that smile.

I love you.

CASTER 2: Thank you. That was touching.

I don't know why, but I get so emotional
in interviews these days.

-Congratulations, Park Byungho.
-Thank you.

IN THE YEAR HE JOINED NEXEN HEROES,

HE RECORDED DOUBLE-DIGIT HOME RUNS
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER

The first time I met Park Byungho
was when I was in fifth grade.

He was short, but he was a big guy.

He broke all the windows at school
with his home runs.

Ever since, the school put up
little fences to guard the windows.

DONGHYUN: He had great potential.

That's why he was always chosen first.

But Park Byungho met
too many hitting coaches,

which ended up confusing him.

While he was with LG Twins,

he changed
his hitting stance so many times.

And he regretted that he
had lost his old hitting stance.

He was pretty heartbroken back then.

Because he was playing baseball
as if he was being chased,

it affected his performance negatively.

But when he joined Nexen Heroes,
all that changed.

ANNOUNCER: Golden Glove Award of 2013!

Nominees for first baseman.

YURA: Starting in 2011,
he began to show potential.

In the following year,
he became the home run leader.

He proved that he
had changed for the better.

ANNOUNCER: The winner of the first baseman
is Park Byungho of Nexen Heroes!

First place in home runs,
RBI, runs, and SLG!

I'd like to express my gratitude

to the fans who are rooting
for Nexen Heroes and me.

This morning, I signed a contract.

I'd like to thank CEO Lee Jangseok
for the contract,

and VP Namgung Jonghwan,
and all the front office employees.

I'd also like to thank
all the coaching staff

and Manager Youm Kyungyoup,
who is like a brother to me.

After joining Nexen Heroes,
his baseball career started taking off,

and he was loved by many.

So he showed a lot of the love he had
for his team and his fans.

YEAR
HOME RUNS

TRADED

CASTER: The most home runs in a season!

On top of that, he has the highest RBI!

HOME RUN LEADER

DONGHYUN: Ever since,
while he was building his career,

he finally got his own style.

Before that, he never did.

He used to be a player
that only did what was told.

What that says about Park Byungho is that

he puts in a lot of effort,
and he's ambitious.

To the pitcher,
he's the worst hitter they can face.

He has so many strengths.

INTERVIEWER:
If Park Byungho had performed well

in the previous seasons in 2020 and 2021,
would Kiwoom have held on to him?

YURA: Probably.

If Park Byungho
had kept his performance up,

I think they would've won.

CASTER 1: Right before the big game,

Kiwoom is desperate
for Park Byungho's comeback.

CASTER 2: Right.

YURA: In 2020 and 2021, Park Byungho
began losing his balance in hitting.

After two years of poor batting,
many began to say that his prime was over.

CASTER 2: He's at zero for four today.

(mitt thuds)

An outside pitch, but the bat swings.

CASTER 1: He's getting
impatient in the box.

CASTER 2: Right.

CASTER 1: It feels like
he seems restless.

He's reacting too quickly.

That's why he's swinging
for an obvious breaking ball.

I performed poorly in the past two years.

Many said that I'm at the end
of my aging curve.

And I, myself...

(deep inhale)

...also thought that I
was having these issues

because of my age.

(lips smack)

I went through a tough period.

STRIKEOUT RATE 30.6%
WHAT IS THE ISSUE WITH THE HOME RUN KING?

I heard Park Byungho
is quite soft and delicate.

I heard that public opinion
affects him and hurts him easily.

When the term "aging curve" came up,

I'm sure he thought, "Is it true?
Is it now time for me to retire?"

SUNGHO: "How should I
get ready to retire?"

I'm sure these thoughts
went through his mind.

CASTER: He put down
his role as a captain,

and he's been having trouble this season.

(mitt thuds)

YURA: The more strikeouts
Park Byungho had,

the more stressed out he became.

He was going back to his former self

before he became
the home run leader in 2012

when he felt small and lacked confidence.

Watching him go down
that road again made people sad.

AS SOON AS THE 2021 SEASON ENDED,

PARK BYUNGHO AND KIWOOM'S
FA SIGNING BECAME UNCERTAIN

As Park Byungho got older,
many people said he was losing touch.

I didn't think that at all.

Park Byungho could overcome this,

but the types of pitchers
he was going against

and the increase in the types of pitches
confused Park Byungho.

DONGHYUN: He responded
a bit slowly to the quick changes.

Actually, we can't say
that Park Byungho played poorly.

The fact that...

Because Park Byungho
had an outstanding performance until now,

many expected a lot from him.

It's hard to say he had a poor performance
when he had over 20 home runs.

HELLO, THIS IS PARK BYUNGHO

I'M SURE YOU ARE ALL SURPRISED,
BUT I'VE DECIDED TO JOIN KT WIZ

I REMEMBER THE DAY
I WORE MY FIRST HEROES UNIFORM

REPORTER: Park Byungho
signed as an FA with KT Wiz,

striking a deal
which will last three years

with a total compensation
of three billion won.

It was the first time I signed
as a free agent.

(pensive hum)

I performed poorly in the previous season,

but as a member of KT Wiz,
I will try my best to win.

When Kiwoom Heroes told him,

"You should join a new team
if they are offering you more than us,"

he was utterly shocked.

That's when he started
looking for options.

INTERVIEWER: Do you think KT's victory had
an effect on your decision to join them?

Honestly, their victory didn't have
any effect on my decision to change teams.

KT Wiz was the only team
that offered me an FA contract.

So their victory didn't really matter.

BYUNGHO: Despite my poor performance,

KT proposed a generous offer.

2022 REGULAR SEASON - GOCHEOK SKY DOME
KT WIZ VS KIWOOM HEROES

And with regards to Kiwoom Heroes,

while things didn't end great with them,

I joined a new team,

and we will continue
to support and root for each other.

CASTER 1: Hello,
this is the 2022 KBO League.

This is the first game
between KT Wiz and Kiwoom Heroes.

This is a very meaningful game
for Park Byungho.

I was excited to come,
but I don't know how the fans feel.

(pensive hum)

I wanted to say hello to all of you.

I've thought a lot since last night,
but I'm glad to see you all.

While I was with Kiwoom Heroes,
I thank you for all your support.

I will always be thankful
for my time as Heroes.

SUNGMUN: Ever since I joined the team,
I thought he would always be there.

It's weird seeing him
wearing another team's uniform.

But I still always root for him.

Despite him being on the other team...

SONG SUNGMUN
KIWOOM HEROES, INFIELDER

...I wish for him to do well.

CASTER 1:
Park Byungho with two hits today.

His batting average is at 0.241.

(clacks)

-CASTER 2: Good swing.
-CASTER 1: It's a hard-hit ball.

This is his fifth home run of the season!

(crowd cheering)

BYUNGHO: Although I didn't
do well in the series,

but I had one home run.

When I hit the homer, Kiwoom Heroes fans
began shouting my name.

It was truly touching.

FANS (chanting): Park Byungho!

Park Byungho!

Park Byungho!

INTERVIEWER: Lee Junghoo continues
to root for you on social media

-and explicitly supports you.
-Yes. Yes.

How does that make you feel?

(pensive hum)

I WILL REMEMBER YOU
IT WAS AN HONOR

BYUNGHO: I was surprised.
I didn't think he would go that far.

Still, I was just really grateful.

When I was at Kiwoom Heroes with him,

we built many memories together,
and I'll be able to cherish that.

CASTER 1: Hello, this
is the 2022 KBO League.

This is the first game
between KT Wiz and LG Twins.

A questionable performance

from last year's champions KT Wiz
early this season.

With their poor performance continuing,

their most reliable starting pitcher,
Ko Youngpyo takes the mound.

-PLAYER: Bring it in.
-ALL: Let's do it!

Come on!

CASTER 1: Due to injuries,
a few starting players

are out of the game for now.

But this is when the players
should gather and unify

for a better performance.

We always have a rough start
coming into the seasons.

That's why it was disappointing
to see our performance take a dive.

JAEGYUN: But we hope
to make improvements in the future.

CASTER 1: Park Byungho.

-(mitt thuds)
-Runner runs, and he swings.

He misses the low pitch
and gets struck out.

BYUNGHO: The members
who won the series are still on the team,

and they are playing this season.

They also promised me that I'd get
to wear the championship ring.

BYUNGHO: But that seems
a bit tough for now.

CASTER 1:
Park Byungho, the fourth hitter,

opens up the offense for KT Wiz
in the fourth inning.

He swings for the second pitch but misses.

Third pitch. He swings.

Strikeout on the third pitch!

He sends Park Byungho back.

SUNGHO: He was shaken up
and he hadn't done well for two years.

I'm sure he worried
and doubted himself thinking about

whether he'd be able to make a comeback
and become the home run leader.

It's hard to overcome that.

And it's even harder to yield results.

2022 REGULAR SEASON - JAMSIL STADIUM
KIT WIZ VS LG TWINS

BYUNGHO: It is true that I
didn't do well early in the season.

But I'm still trying my best.

I know that
my performance is at my lowest,

but I will give it my all
in every game until the end.

CASTER 1: Park Byungho had
a disappointing performance last season.

CASTER 2: He's having trouble swinging
because he's afraid.

-CASTER 1: Right.
-CASTER 2: At this rate,

he may lose his overall balance.

(clacks)

CASTER 1: Park Byungho's ball
goes to the left!

It goes over the wall!

Park Byungho's home run
is still on another level!

Park Byungho's home run
breaks the balance of this game!

CASTER 1: I think you'll make a comeback.

I need to swing more confidently.

I know, I was surprised
to see you swing at the first pitch.

I know. I was thinking to myself
that I should hit the first one.

If you look, Byungho's home runs
always happen at crucial moments.

I think his one-run homers are essential.

It affects the outcome of the game.
(deep inhale)

REPORTER: What's changed
for Park Byungho since he joined KT Wiz?

All I did was help him
feel like he was home.

(chuckles)

I helped him relax.

(keyboard clacking)

I told him to hit home runs.

(laughter)

Not mindless swings but home runs.

KANGCHUL: I was with Nexen Heroes
as a coach, so I know the way he thinks.

That's why I only focus on talking
to him to improve his batting,

rather than rambling on
about batting mechanics.

That's what I was more focused on.

I think he's doing great now.

YURA: Lee Kangchul
and KT Wiz had a certain belief

he'll make a comeback
because he's the famous Park Byungho.

Watching that felt like déjà vu.

As Nexen Heroes
had believed in Park Byungho back in 2011,

KT Wiz believes in Park Byungho.

Thanks to that belief,

I think Park Byungho
was able to make a comeback.

SUNGHO: What would you do
if you believe in a player?

You would send him out to play.

If veteran players go into the box
with their manager's belief in them,

more players perform better
than those who perform worse.

In my opinion, Manager Lee Kangchul
is great at managing his players that way.

REPORTER: When KT Wiz first recruited
Park Byungho before the season,

some were quick to judge

and said that the contract will not
be a failed one if he hits 20 home runs.

If he adds one more home run
to his current record,

he will have hit 20 home runs
for nine consecutive years.

Will he be able to break
his home run record with his new team?

CASTER 1: Number four, Park Byungho,
is leading off in the fifth inning.

2022 REGULAR SEASON - SUWON KT WIZ PARK
NC DINOS VS KT WIZ

DONGHYUN: This is what Park Byungho said.

When he was going through tough times,

he didn't let go of his batting
and kept pushing forward.

When he persistently stuck to his batting,
he was able to make a comeback.

He said the opponent team's
pickoff attempts were a piece of cake now.

It was fun for him.

-(man yells)
-(crowd cheering)

(clacks)

CASTER 1: He makes contact!

It flies far to the left!

The undisputed, best home run hitter
of this generation, Park Byungho!

A grand and magical record!

He hits 20 home runs
for nine seasons in a row!

CASTER 2: It's hard to hit
20 home runs in one season.

-And he did it for nine years.
-CASTER 1: Right.

An unprecedented record.

The very first record

of hitting 20 home runs
for nine consecutive years.

BYUNGHO: Manager Lee Kangchul
communicates with the players a lot.

And the players listen to him.

I cherish that team spirit.

-(loud clacking)
-(crowd cheering)

-CASTER 1: He makes contact!
-(crowd cheers)

It stretches out into the left!

CASTER 2: Park Byungho hits home runs
in five consecutive games!

My worries were in vain this year.

(chuckles)

Park Byungho lives up to his name.

Honestly, I hoped
that he'd bat poorly against us,

but he always does well against us.

CASTER 1: You are facing
against Park Byungho as the opposing team...

Yes, I was scared.

The fact that he was standing
in the box made me shiver.

JUNGHOO: I felt the same thing
when he was on our team,

but now I got to feel it as his enemy.

It was absolute horror.

KANGCHUL: No one else
hits farther than Byungho.

In that sense, I don't think
he has hit the end of his aging curve yet.

(laughter)

CASTER 1: Compared to early this season,
he's doing much better coming into June.

At first, when we planned our games,
we wanted big hits.

I wanted my team
to win the game with extra-base hits.

And we see many games
that play out like that these days.

Right.

CASTER 1: Pinch hitter
Park Byungho is in the box.

WITH KT WIZ'S LINEUP IMPROVING

THEY MANAGED TO END THE SEASON
IN FOURTH PLACE

The crowd is standing up
and singing Park Byungho's walk-up song.

CROWD (chanting): Park Byungho! Home run!

(clacks)

CASTER 1: He makes contact!

It crosses the center-left
and is traveling very deep!

35TH HOME RUN OF THE SEASON

It goes over the wall!

PARK BYUNGHO KEEPS UP
HIS HOME RUN PACE UNTIL THE END

PERFECT RESURRECTION GOD BYUNGHO

CASTER 1: Park Byungho is back!

2022 KBO LEAGUE HOME RUN RANKING

1ST PLACE: PARK BYUNGHO

What Park Byungho did
wasn't simply hitting many home runs.

He made the public

put a question mark
over the term "aging curve."

(mitt thuds)

YEIRANG: The aging curve exists.

What takes a toll on the players
is when people find one simple reason,

when in fact the problem is multifaceted.

It'd be great
if we could come up with a method

through which the players
can regain their strength

and give them enough time
to retrain themselves properly.

HOST 1: We will now begin
the 2022 KBO Awards

sponsored by Shinhan Bank.

We will first announce
the home run leader.

The home run king
who made a successful comeback.

Congratulations to Park Byungho of KT Wiz!

HOST 2: Congratulations.

(applause)

Park Byungho has resurrected.

He played in 124 games this season,
and he had 118 hits and 35 home runs.

HOST 1: Park Byungho took back
his throne as the home run leader

since he lost it in 2019.

Hello, I'm Park Byungho.

(applause)

My strong suit is hitting extra-base hits.

Personally, I'm so happy
to receive this award once again

as the home run leader.

BYUNGHO: I see my general manager is here.

It'd be great if I could get
a better deal on the contract.

(laughter)

HOST 2: With a better deal,

-you'll hit more homers.
-HOST 1: He just said yes.

-He just made a circle with his hands.
-HOST 2: Right.

JUNGHOO: As his junior,

I'm so happy that Byungho
reclaimed his title as home run king.

He's finally back on his throne.

It's weird for him
to not be the home run king.

(laughter)

The title suits him the most.

BYUNGHO: I joined a new team.

And once again, as a home run hitter,

I'm glad that I was able
to perform well enough

to deserve the title of home run leader.

CASTER: He makes contact!

It flies far to the left!

The undisputed, best home run hitter
of this generation, Park Byungho!

PARK'S SIX-TIME HOME RUN LEADER TITLE
IS A GROUNDBREAKING RECORD IN THE KBO

Before the season began, we weren't
in the top five anticipated teams.

YONGKYU: I think I misunderstood the team.

Kiwoom Heroes is not a team
that endures, but a team that is good.

(whooping)

JUNGHOO: Even before we gave it a shot...

YURA: Most experts predicted
that Kiwoom Heroes would do poorly.

It's infuriating.

CASTER: Goodness, he is bleeding.

JUNGHOO: It hurts my pride.

I don't know
why people analyze us that way.

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