KT Wiz Win 1st Korean Series Title

  • By Kim Sang-yun, Yang Ji-hea

    November 19, 2021 10:41

    The KT Wiz claimed their first Korean Series title on Thursday. The Wiz had moved straight into the Korean Series after winning the regular baseball season for the first time since their founding in 2013.

    In the fourth game of the best-of-seven series at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, the Wiz beat the Doosan Bears 8-4 to complete a four-game sweep.

    They are the first team to win four straight games in their first Korean Series since Korean professional baseball started in 1982.

    The Wiz spent years in the wilderness, finishing in last place for three consecutive seasons from 2015.

    The Bears, who have played in the Korean Series for seven consecutive seasons and won three titles, were runners-up for the second straight year.

    KT Wiz players celebrate their victory in the Korean Series in Seoul on Thursday as Park Kyung-su walks on crutches toward his teammates. /Yonhap

    After finishing fourth in the regular season, the Bears defeated the Kiwoom Heroes in the wild card games, the LG Twins in the quasi-playoffs and the Samsung Lions in the playoffs, but they were helpless in the Korean Series.

    This is the first time the Bears have failed to win a game in the Korean Series. The accumulated fatigue of playing 11 games in the postseason and 144 in the regular season appears to have taken its toll.

    The MVP of the Series went to KT Wiz infielder Park Kyung-su, who earned 67 out of 90 votes from a panel of reporters for his skillful performance with both bat and glove.

    Park sustained an injury to a calf muscle in the eighth inning of the third game on Wednesday and was ruled out of the starting lineup.

    Watching Thursday's game from the dugout, he cried tears of joy when his team sealed the victory.

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