‘Immortal Tiger’ Choi Hyung-woo is the oldest MVP in professional baseball’s All-Star Game

“Living Legend” Choi Hyung-woo (KIA Tigers) has emerged as the best “star” in the professional baseball All-Star Game.

Choi Hyung-woo played 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 1 run in 4 at-bats, including a solo home run, in the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO All-Star Game held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 6th.

After the game, Choi Hyung-woo swept 19 out of 21 votes in the press corps vote, overwhelmingly beating Austin Dean (LG Twins, two votes) and winning the Mr. All-Star (MVP).

The final home run and a guitar… Hyungwoo Choi forgot his age

Nanum All-Stars (KIA, LG, NC Dinos, Hanwha Eagles, and Kiwoom Heroes) beat Dream All-Stars (Doosan Bears, Samsung Lions, SSG Landers, Lotte Giants, and ktwiz) 4-2 with Choi Hyung-woo’s performance.

Taking the lead as the first batter in the top of the second inning with the score tied 0-0, Choi hit a solo home run flying 125 meters on the first pitch from Dream All Star’s new pitcher Kim Min. This home run became the final hit that led to Nanum’s victory.

In the top of the third inning, Choi Hyung-woo, who even hit a double against kt ace William Cuevas, added a timely hit to the right against Kim Taek-yeon (Doosan Bears) in the top of the eighth inning.
As a result, Choi Hyung-woo, who was named MVP at the age of 40 years, 6 months, and 20 days, beat Lee Byung-kyu (36 years, 8 months and 28 days at the time) to set the record of being the MVP of the All-Star Game.

Ryu Hyun-jin (Hanwha), who returned from the U.S. Major League Baseball and participated in the KBO League All-Star Game for the first time in 12 years, took the mound as Nanum’s starter and perfectly saved one inning to become a winning pitcher, receiving the outstanding pitcher award.

David McKinnon, a foreign hitter of the Samsung Lions, was selected as an outstanding hitter with two hits (one home run) and two RBIs in three at-bats as a Dream All-Star.

Nanum All-Star led 3-0 with Austin hitting a superior two-run shot following Choi Hyung-woo’s solo home run. Dream All-Star also chased with McKinnon’s two-run shot, but Nanum All-Star sealed with Choi Hyung-woo’s timely hit.

The athletes who showed great performances… There are lots of great records

Players from all 10 teams entertained baseball fans with various performances. Just like his nickname “Blue Blood Man,” Won Tae-in from Samsung took the mound with an IV infusion containing blue liquid.

Austin took the batter’s box dressed as a pizza delivery man, which was his childhood dream. He even brought an actual pizza and handed a slice to Yang Eui-ji, the opponent’s catcher.

The most notable winner of the Best Performance Award was Hwang Sung-bin (Lotte). Hwang, who appeared on a motorcycle in the bottom of the third inning dressed as a delivery rider, made people laugh by showing his face that he was about to steal a base from the first base after getting on base with an infield hit.

He provoked opponents with this movement in the match against KIA in March, causing controversy, and he also created various memes (internet trendy content).

Cuevas and Kiwoom’s Ronnie Dawson came on the cheering squad during cleaning time and performed a “dance battle” in front of the crowd, while Park Dong-won (LG) wore a yellow jacket and copied actor Kim Kwang-kyu, who resembled him.

He also posted several valuable records this year. Oh Seung-hwan (Samsung) took the mound at the age of 41 years, 11 months, and 21 days, and set a new record to play in the oldest All-Star Game, which was set by Yang Joon-hyuk (41 years, 1 month, 28 days) in 2010.

Kim Hyun-soo (LG) participated for 13 consecutive years, tying the record for the most consecutive All-Star Game participation with Yang Joon-hyuk (1995-2007), and was also tied with Yang Joon-hyuk for the most All-Star selection.

The KBO League, which entered a break after the All-Star Game, will resume regular league games from the 9th and compete in full-fledged rankings for autumn baseball. 유흥알바

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