KT Wiz is back from the brink. The lucky victory amulet worked. The story.
KT won the third game of the best-of-five playoff series against the NC Dinos of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Postseason 3-0 at Changwon NC Park on April 2.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak and gave KT a one-game lead.
Before the game, there was a striking scene on the wall of the KT dugout at third base. Five cards with the phrases “victory talisman,” “magic power,” and “don’t say no, be positive” were taped to the wall.
According to KT officials, a KT fan who attended the Changwon game on September 13 presented the homemade victory amulet to bullpen coach Je Chun-mo.
The coach put it on the wall before the game, which KT won 6-2 over NC. In second place, KT was able to pull away from third place.
After the game, Chun-mo didn’t have the amulet card with her, so the fan came to the game on the 16th and gave her another one. This time, she remembered to take it with her.
After finishing second in the regular season and heading directly into the playoffs, KT suffered two heartbreaking losses at home. In the first game, despite sending out ace William Cuevas, the team lost 5-9 due to a seven-run outing in three innings and a series of errors.
In game two a day later, Wes Benjamin pitched well with five innings of three-run ball, but the offense just couldn’t get going, falling 2-3.
In the ninth inning, runners were left on first and third with no outs. Moon Sang-cheol failed on a squeeze bunt, and the subsequent batters struck out, leaving them unable to overcome the one-run deficit. 토토사이트
For KT, a Game 3 victory was a must, and the talismanic card came back to haunt them against Changwon.
Ko Young-pyo fulfilled his role as a homegrown ace with six scoreless innings, while Moon Sang-chul and Choi Jae-dae hit crucial home runs in the batting order to secure a 3-0 victory.
The power of the victory talisman seemed to work as well.
After the game, Coach Je Chun-mo said, “I think we were able to win thanks to the amulet given to us by a fan. We were down in the series and desperate for a win. We will definitely wear the amulet tomorrow (March 3),” he laughed and vowed, “We will try to advance to the Korean Series with a good flow.”