Park Hae-min (33-LG Twins) performed a double uppercut ceremony.
The fans, who had created a yellow wave in hopes of winning the LG championship for the first time in 29 years, cheered along with Park’s hand gestures.
Park Hae-min started in center field as the No. 2 hitter in the fifth game of the Korean Series (KS) against the KT Wiz at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Wednesday, hitting a two-run double in the bottom of the third inning and making a diving catch to prevent a run in the top of the fourth. He followed that up with a much larger-than-usual ceremony.
In the bottom of the third inning, tied 0-0, LG had runners on first and second with a Moon Sung-joo single, a Shin Min-jae walk, and a Hong Chang-ki sacrifice bunt.
Park Hae-min stepped to the plate and took a four-pitch changeup from KT Submarine starter Ko Young-pyo for a double to right field.
After confirming that both runners had reached base, Park performed an “uppercut” toward the home team’s first base dugout.
It was Park’s first at-bat for KS after playing for the Samsung Lions in 2014 and 2015, and his first for KS this year after moving to LG.
Park stole third base off Kim Hyun-soo. Park, who hadn’t attempted to steal a base in Games 1-4 this year, caught KT off guard.
The next batter, Kim Hyun-soo, hit an infield grounder, and while KT first baseman Park Byung-ho missed the ball, Park Hae-min came home to give LG a 3-0 lead.
Park acted as a shield against KT’s rally.
In the top of the fourth inning, KT had runners on first and second with one out and rookie Jeong Joon-young at the plate.
Kim took a first-pitch curveball from LG starter Casey Kelly and sent it to left-center field.
KT fans screamed in anticipation of the hit, but LG fans soon filled Jamsil Stadium with cheers.
Park Hae-min, the outfielder with the widest defensive range in the KBO, tracked Kim Min-hyuk’s pitch and launched himself at it. The ball went into Park’s glove.
Park raised his glove to show the ball and then delivered another uppercut.
Kelly raised his arms to show his gratitude, and the LG fans chanted “Park Hae-min”. 슬롯게이밍