On March 26, Oh Ji-hwan (33-LG Twins) appeared as an emcee at a wedding.
At the KBO Media Day on March 30, LG fan Kim Nam-hyun asked the captain for a championship pledge, saying, “I’m getting married later this year, and if LG wins the Korean Series and Oh Ji-hwan is the MVP, please emcee the wedding.” Oh promised, “I’ll officiate the wedding unconditionally, no matter what.”
LG finished the regular season in first place and went on to win the Korean Series. It had been 29 years since they had won a championship.
The MVP of the Korean Series was Oh Ji-hwan. In five games of the Korean Series, Oh batted .321 with six doubles, three home runs, and eight RBIs, including a three-game home run streak.
Now that the season is over, Oh has what he calls an “epic” killing schedule. “I didn’t expect to be so busy. I thought I would spend time with my family, but I’m busy making introductions. It feels good though,” he said.굿모닝토토 주소
Despite his hectic schedule, he hasn’t forgotten the promise he made to a fan nine months ago.
He and his wife, Kim Young-eun, officiated at their wedding. “I feel like I finished the year in a good mood because I was able to achieve the unified championship that I promised at the media day, personally receive the MVP, and officiate at my fan’s wedding. I’m really happy that I was able to keep my promise and celebrate my fan’s marriage with even more happiness,” he said through the club.
The 2023 Magumagu RealGlove Awards were held at the Grand Hyatt Seoul Grand Ballroom on April 1. When asked about the wedding, Oh Ji-hwan smiled wryly, “What was the issue?”
“It was a promise I made at the media day. I kept talking to that fan, and I thought I should do it. I did it because I thought it was the right thing to do.”
“I did officiate at (Jung) Joo Hyun’s wedding. My wife used to be an announcer, so I asked her to watch it with me. “We introduced ourselves and took a lot of pictures,” he said.
Oh said, “I don’t know if it was anything special. I just kept my promise,” he smiled, “I was a fan of LG, so it was the least I could do.
The late former LG Group Chairman Koo Bon-moo bought an $80 million Rolex watch and gave it to him during a business trip overseas in 1998, saying, “Give it to the Korean Series MVP when you win.” However, Koo never saw the owner of the watch and closed his eyes.
After winning the championship, Oh said of the watch, “It’s a relic of my predecessor. I can’t wear it. I will donate it to the club.” At the victory celebration, Oh wore the watch once before returning it to Koo Kwang-mo. “I want to thank the captain again for his kindness, and I will make sure that it is meaningfully displayed under the name of ‘Korean Series MVP, Captain Oh Ji-hwan.
At the same time, he was presented with a watch from the same company. “It’s a new one,” Oh said, “I don’t know if it’s the same, but Chairman (Koo Kwang-mo) gave it to me as a gift on the day of the celebration. I think it fits the times,” he smiled.
The moment of victory still remains a thrill for Oh. “I only think about the winning moment when I sleep. I rewatch the video and think about what it must have been like. As much as I was focused on the moment, I’m looking at the other players, the fans, and the atmosphere in the dugout more than what I did.”
That doesn’t mean he’s focused on the win. “It’s already over, and it’s been 29 years since I’ve won, but I want to finish on a high note,” he said, adding, “It’s in the past, and the present is important. We need to prepare well,” he said.