'A Clean Sweep' won against Dankook University
'A Clean Sweep' won against Dankook University
Monsters completed their conquest of Jamsil by defeating Dankook University with over 24,000 spectators watching.

In the 75th episode of JTBC's entertainment program 'A Clean Sweep', which aired at 10:30 pm on the 15th, Monsters defeated Dankook University 6 to 4 and enjoyed the joy of victory.

The last mission of the 2023 season for Monsters, who succeeded in achieving a 70% winning rate this season and confirmed the 2024 season, was a special match with Dankook University, the winning team of the 2023 National Sports Festival. Monsters allowed Dankook University to score first, but Jeong Geun-woo and Lee Dae-ho immediately scored RBIs and succeeded in a comeback.

Dankook University also ignited the chase by showing off its potential as a winning team in the National Sports Festival. Dankook University's batters shook up the batteries of Lee Dae-eun and Park Jae-wook with their constant strategy, and followed up with a run with a push walk, pulling ace Lee Dae-eun off the mound.

‘Dankook University senior’ Shin Jae-young went on the mound and showed his warm ‘senior beauty’ to the juniors by pitching ‘Mapdori’. Dankook University coach Kim Yu-jin said, “Why is Kobong throwing so well? He throws it until his arm falls off... “He said with a helpless smile.

Monsters got one step closer to victory by running away with a score of 6 to 2 thanks to the performances of Jeong Geun-woo and Lee Dae-ho. However, Dankook University did not miss the opportunity when Monsters' defense faltered in the top of the 8th inning and continued to chase by adding 2 points. To make matters worse, Shin Jae-young came off the mound complaining of pain in his side.

While Oh Joo-won, who took over the mound, looked anxious, Lee Dae-ho, who played a big role at the plate, broke Dankook University's will to chase with a tremendous play in the top of the 9th inning, catching two batters in an instant. Yoo Hee-gwan, who was selected by coach Kim Seong-geun, finished the day with a victory by showing off a pitch that shook off this season's sluggishness at Jamsil Stadium, his home stadium during his professional days.

Lee Dae-ho was crowned MVP with a great performance in this game, including 4 hits and 4 RBIs in 4 at-bats. He, who had completely washed away the sadness of the poor performance in the last game, said, “I hit no hits in 5 at-bats in the last game and was a little hurt by myself. I seriously debated whether I should be the 4th hitter for Monsters, but I was happy that I was able to finish playing baseball, which I really love, with a smile. “I will come back as a stronger number 4 hitter next season,” he said.

General Manager Jang Si-won also awarded special MVP awards to commentator Kim Seon-woo and caster Jeong Yong-gum, who have always sincerely supported Monsters for a total of 574 days and 62 games. The two were recognized for their hard work and joy by always being with Monsters, from the broadcast room to the locker room.

General Manager Jang Si-won also presented the MVP to Coach Kim Seong-geun. Coach Kim Seong-geun, who had already received his second MVP award, suddenly turned his back to the camera and said to the players, “I thought it would have been difficult when I started a year ago, but I think the fact that we got over the hurdle well and survived there was a result of everyone’s combined strength. “I’m really proud of that one thing and I think you worked hard,” he said, adding, “Let’s start practicing from January 1st next year.”

General Manager Jang Si-won said, “It was a season where I had a lot of ups and downs, a lot of heartache, and a clear sense of desperation over the course of a year. “As the leader, I would like to express my gratitude,” he said, expressing everyone’s hearts.

Monsters, who won the last game of the 2023 season, depart for Jeju Island for training on a private plane. With an unusual atmosphere felt from the start, monsters predicted the worst training camp in history.

Also, the ‘2nd Best Baseball AWARDS’ begins. Attention is focused on who the MVP will be with the greatest performance in the 2023 season.

The 75th episode of 'Best Baseball' recorded a viewership rating of 3.2% (provided by Nielsen Korea, based on paying households in the metropolitan area), gaining unwavering popularity. The 2049 viewership rating was also 1.4%, making it a hot topic.

The '1st Jeju Field Training' and '2nd Strongest Baseball AWARDS' can be seen on the 76th episode of 'Best Baseball', which will be broadcast at 10:30 pm on the 22nd.

Kim Ji-won, Ten Asia reporter bella@tenasia.co.kr translated by google