“Is that Ohtani? I want to be like him”: KBO’s top talent, world-class greed
Major League Baseball unicorn Shohei Ohtani (Angels) takes his sleep so seriously that he takes his personalized pillow with him on the road. When he was interviewed by a magazine for his list of “10 essentials that always go with you,” he included his personalized pillow. It’s a sponsored product, but he considers it indispensable.
Moon Dong-joo (Hanwha), one of the top talents in Korean baseball, also has his own pillow at home. Although it’s not customized like Otani’s, Moon takes his sleep so seriously that he carries his own pillow to away games.
On the 12th, Moon pitched 7⅓ innings against Jamsil LG, giving up one run on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 3.47. The 108 pitches he threw were the most in a single game since his debut. “Actually, when I was around 100 pitches, I thought I was going to be the last batter every time,” Moon said, “but the opportunities kept coming to me, so I kept coming. I think I did the best I could, and it’s a shame I couldn’t finish it off, but I tried to fight through it,” Moon said.스포츠토토
It was the final game of the first half for Moon Dong-ju. After missing last year’s opening day roster due to injury, Moon made 16 appearances and pitched 83 innings this year. One of the reasons for that was a good, solid night’s sleep.
“I think sleep is a huge part of it. I’m a light sleeper, so I try to sleep a lot. I’ve heard that sleep is very helpful in controlling your condition, so I try to sleep a lot. I usually sleep more than 10 hours.”
When I told him about Ohtani, he replied, “I don’t want to imitate him…I want to be like him.” When I said, “I don’t eat breakfast and sleep for ten hours straight,” he said, “I heard that Ohtani eats breakfast and goes back to sleep,” and laughed, “Then I should eat breakfast and go back to sleep too.
With a profile height of 188 centimeters, he also expressed his desire to grow taller. “Actually, I heard that my growth plate was open. I don’t know now. I’ll have to look at it again,” he said, adding, “I don’t feel tall (even now), but it would be nice. I want to be taller, maybe even 2 meters, but it’s just my mind.”