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Giant gets a giant victory in NCBC, 2011“Earning glory by winning the game is the best reward”

   
 
   
 
Dongguk University has won the fourth National College Baseball Championship (NCBC) May 19th, 2011. Dongguk beat Dankook University by a score of 6-5 and earned glory by winning the game.  Dongguk’s pitcher, Noh Sung-ho earned the MVP award and the best pitcher award for being a relief pitcher in the final. The Post, therefore, would like to introduce to our readers the great Dongguk baseball team, Giant. The Post also interviewed their captain, Wi Jun-ho (Wi) and the winning pitcher, Noh Sung-ho (Noh). Here is their interview.

1. How did you feel when you won Dongguk’s fourth NCBC title?
This victory means a lot for us. The last time we won the NCBC we were freshmen. However, this time the taste of victory is so much sweeter as many of us are now fourth year students, so as a member of team most of us are more deeply moved. It is great to see that our efforts finally reached fruition. We really want to enjoy the moment and the joy of victory as these moments do not come about every day.
  
2. How did you feel when you received the MVP award and the best pitcher award, Noh?
I was very pleased to receive the best pitcher award this time. For the MVP award, however, I do not think that it was deserved. There were other players who I think deserved it more than me. It does inspire me though and will help me to move forward from now.

3. What kind of effort did you make to become the best pitcher, Noh?
I think my fourth-year at Dongguk is the time when I put the most effort to become a good pitcher. I actually did not practice that much in the past and my level just stayed the same. However, as my Dongguk baseball career progressed through the years I made a conscious effort to practice harder and get better results. It was the least I could do with all the free time on my hands. This kind of determination led me to receive the best pitcher award and become a better pitcher as well.  

4. What is the captain’s role in a game and at the training sessions, Wi?
As a captain, I maintain team discipline and order. But in the games I comfort the players and try to encourage them onward. I always try hard to get the players to relax since the games can get stressful at times. I guess my goal is to bring solidarity to the dugout.    

5. Where did you go for off-season training this year? What kinds of training do you do?
We were lucky enough to go to Taiwan this year. The weather was warm and we also took part in some training. We exercised from 6:30 AM to 9 PM. It was a fairly rigorous training program. We had practice games and did gymnastics and stretching. This helped us to get ready for the school season.     

6. What was the most memorable moment in winning the fourth NCBC?
It was when Dankook University almost caught up to us at 6 to 5. The score was 6 to 2 and we were on the verge of an embarrassing collapse. The situation was really urgent, and fortunately we were able to hold the third base runner and escape the inning. We were relieved.

7. What’s next for you?
Of course we would like to become professional players later on. Our future is not in academics obviously. We all hope to contribute to the professional field and will do our best to make it our career.

8. Tell us about your source of pride.
Wi: I have good leadership ability. That may sound cocky but it is true. My friends actually recommended me for the captain position. I like this position and telling others what to do. It suits me.
Noh: I am good at handling stressful situations. Ice runs through these veins. My friends cower when times get tough but I thrive in it. This is a good thing to be able to bring into a game. 

9. Please say something to the students attending Dongguk University.
I think students in Dongguk are not really interested in baseball, even though baseball is a very popular sport. We want all of the students to be more interested in baseball. Please come and watch games and cheer us on. I know you all have many classes to attend and exams to study for and while you were working hard to prepare for this semester, we were in Taiwan, but I would like to tell you that watching or even playing baseball is lots of fun. Please come and watch us and you will see a great season next year as well.
   
 

 

Noh Yoo-ra  yoora829@dongguk.edu

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