19 March 2024

“Teacher” Roberts cheerfully responded to “Jeja” Ryu Hyun-jin’s prank, “My number is…”

By pestfood.com

“I should give my phone number to Ryu Hyunjin. My phone number is 7, 6, 0.”

LA Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (52) opened his mouth with a big smile when asked by his student Ryu Hyun-jin (37, Hanwha Eagles) to give him his contact information through the reporters.

Roberts, who visited Korea on the 15th to participate in the Major League (MLB) Seoul Series, expected to meet with former big leaguer Ryu Hyun-jin, but it is not easy to even hear voices due to their busy schedules.

At a press conference at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 17th, Roberts expressed his affection for Ryu Hyun-jin, who recently returned to the KBO League, hoping to reunite.

“I haven’t been able to contact Ryu (since coming to Korea), but I really hope to meet him. If he sees this article, please contact him,” he said.

Ryu, who left Hanwha in late 2012 to move to the Major League, was a key pitcher of the Dodgers from 2013 to 2019, recording 54 wins and 33 losses with an ERA of 2.98. In 2019, Ryu ranked first in ERA (2.32) in the National League and second in the Cy Young Award.

When Ryu Hyun-jin overcame shoulder surgery to become one of the top pitchers in the Major League, Dodgers manager Roberts was the manager. Roberts, who has been at the helm of Dodgers since 2016, also led his team to the World Series championship in 2020.

On the day Roberts said he expects to meet with Ryu, he pitched in an exhibition game against the Lotte Giants held at Sajik Stadium in Busan, and allowed two runs in five innings. It was the final physical inspection that he had ahead of the opening game of the regular season on Sunday.

After learning that Roberts was waiting for his call, Ryu said, “I have to contact him, but I don’t know Roberts’ phone number. I’ll have to find out.”

Hanwha’s team, including Ryu Hyun-jin, who finished the Lotte match, moved to Daejeon to play the last two consecutive exhibition games from the 18th to the 19th.

When Ryu was in Daejeon, Roberts told reporters Ryu Hyun-jin’s answer. His teacher also responded pleasantly to his student’s playful remark, saying, “I should give him my phone number.”

Roberts and Ryu Hyun-jin, who confirmed their safety through reporters, can contact each other directly, but it seems unlikely that they will meet in person.

Roberts should focus on two consecutive regular-season games against the San Diego Padres at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 20th and 21st, and Ryu Hyun-jin is busy every day preparing for the regular-season opener. 유흥알바

Hanwha’s team, which will play its first regular season game against the LG Twins, will move to Seoul on the 22nd, the day before the opening, but the Dodgers will return to the U.S. after completing their Seoul Series schedule.

Still, Roberts is enjoying his time in Ryu’s home country. “I’ve been to traditional markets and toured the palace. It was a great experience and a great time for the team to build close friendships,” Roberts said.