The U.S. Major League was also surprised by Koo Dae-seong (54, Geelong Korea), who forgot his age.
On the 21st (Korean time), Major League Baseball’s official social media account recently shared a video of Koo Dae-sung striking out a hitter with a full ball, exclaiming, “It’s really amazing. The 53-year-old Dae-sung Koo is still blocking hitters.” .
Koo Dae-seong took the mound in the bottom of the 8th inning against Adelaide of the Australian Baseball League (ABL) held at the Diamond 스포츠토토Sports Stadium in West Beach, Adelaide, Australia on the 19th, with Geelong Korea trailing 0-7, and scored one scoreless inning. It was a three-way inning with 19 pitches, a swing strikeout, a shortstop ground ball, and a looking strikeout.
It was the first appearance in four years after the 2018-2019 season. Koo Dae-seong, then coach of Geelong Korea, made a surprise appearance against Brisbane on January 20, 2019, recording one hit and no runs in one inning. Prior to the mound, Koo Dae-sung showed his enthusiasm, saying, “Coach Lee Byeong-gyu and the club readily agreed to wear the Geelong Korea uniform again.”
The reaction was also explosive. In particular, the reaction of the New York Mets fans, where Koo Dae-sung played in the past, was impressive. Mets fans also remembered an anecdote with Randy Johnson, saying, “He was a Mets legend.” Koo Dae-seong, who was first called up to the major leagues in 2005 at the age of 36, faced Johnson, a 5-time Cy Young Award winner, as a hitter on May 22 of that year.
Koo Dae-seong is a living legend who joined Binggrae (currently Hanwha) as the first pick in the 1993 KBO rookie draft and played an active role until 2010. He went 67-71 with 18 holds and 214 saves in 569 career games, with an earned run average of 2.85. In 1999, he led Hanwha’s only championship to date and won the Korean Series MVP. Afterwards, he experienced baseball in Korea, the United States, and Japan while playing for the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Orix (2001-2004) and the New York Mets in the major leagues. Even after leaving Hanwha in 2010, he showed off his old age by continuing his active life with the Sydney Blue Sox in Australia.