On the 1st, ahead of the match against Hanhwa in Daejeon, 60 cups of canned coffee were delivered to the Doosan team. The order was Lee Seung-yeop (47), Doosan coach. The players, coaching staff, and staff all drank a cup of cool coffee brewed by coach Lee before training to cool off for a while.
Along with a photo of director Lee drawing a 꽁머니사이트 heart with both arms, a cheering message was engraved saying, ‘The Doosan Bears, a team that has been running tirelessly, I believe in their potential’. “Why is the picture like this… Director Lee, who was shy, said, “It means to eat one by one and cheer up as a change of mood. It’s the only thing I can do,” he said with a laugh.
Doosan was mired in a 5-game losing streak before the match. It is the 5th consecutive loss that came after setting a new record for the club’s most consecutive wins by winning all 11 games in the first month of July. There were two previous four-game losing streak, but the five-game losing streak was the first in this coaching system this year. It was painful to be swept against LG in Jamsil last weekend.
In such a situation, coach Lee set out to change the mood by pouring coffee on the players. There was pressure on escaping the losing streak, but I wasn’t under much pressure. Coach Lee said, “I was worried about (aftereffects) after the winning streak was broken. He needed one win, but he lost 5 in a row,” he said, “nothing is forced. When things go wrong, you can’t do anything, so it’s better to be comfortable than the burden of losing streak.”
Coach Lee, who did not put irrational numbers or pressure the players during the game, said, “If you run a long race, you can lose 5 or 10 in a row. Of course, all players have a desire to win. The more he does, the more he shouldn’t over-face. He emphasized that each player should do it with the thought that he would connect rather than solve it himself.”
I briefly talked with captain Heo Gyeong-min and Su-bin Su, who were called in as replacements in the 8th inning after the score widened to 0-10 in the match against LG in Jamsil on the 30th of last month, the previous game. Director Lee said, “The past is the past. July is over, so let’s do our best again from the day after tomorrow (August). You guys are the center, so please lead the seniors and juniors well.”
5 straight losses after 11 wins. It was a roller coaster-like move, but coach Lee said, “(I ended up with 5 consecutive losses), but in July I went 11-5. I hope you think so. Okay. July has passed, and from now on it’s a game. There are 58 games left,” he said confidently.
Perhaps due to the coffee effect of coach Lee, Doosan broke the chain of 5 consecutive losses with an 8-3 victory over Hanwha that day and started the first day of August in a good mood. He quickly got out of a crisis situation that could have fallen into a long pit and kept his third place.