Pulling out a knife after hitting a game-winning hit
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Choi Ji-Man (32) raises eyebrows with a knife-sheathing gesture after delivering a game-winning hit.
Choi went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, two RBIs and a run scored in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series home opener against the Cleveland Indians at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday.
Choi has produced a hit in three games since his last at-bat against the San Francisco Giants on April 16, raising his season batting average to .182 from .173. He now has eight RBIs on the season.
After grounding out to second base and left field in the second and fourth innings, respectively, Choi drew a walk to lead off the sixth inning.
Choi’s bat came alive in his fourth at-bat. With his team down 3-4 and two outs, Choi exploded for a two-run double to right field. Choi roared toward the dugout and performed a knife-sheathing ceremony.
Choi’s game-winning hit gave Pittsburgh a 7-5 victory and snapped a five-game losing streak.
“It was a win we needed today,” Choi told MLB.com, “We’ve had a rough couple of days. We really needed a win to get our momentum going again.”
Choi’s pirate gimmick is also catching on with fans. After hitting a home run against San Francisco on May 15, Choi brandished a toy sword in the dugout, and this time he drew it. The Pittsburgh Pirates even posted a video of Choi’s knife gesture on their official social media accounts.
“I needed more energy in the dugout, so when I drew the knife, 카지노사이트 I drew it harder than usual,” Choi said.