‘Panama Express’ Ariel Hurado (27) received the joy of his first victory in the KBO League in front of special guests as a hot water baptism.
Hurado started in the home game against the KIA Tigers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 15th and led Kiwoom to a 6-1 victory with 6 hits, 5 strikeouts and 1 run in 6 innings.
There were special guests at the stadium that day. 17 employees of the Panama Embassy in Korea visited the Gocheok Sky Dome to support Hurado, a native of Panama. In Panama, baseball is so popular that it is called the national sport. So, to them, Hurado was a proud citizen. The Panamanian flag was waved and cheered throughout the game, and Hurado fought hard and won, receiving enthusiastic support from special guests.
After the game, the Kiwoom players left the ground after enjoying the joy of victory, and Hurado held an interview with the best player. However, after a while, Kiwoom pitchers who left the ground secretly started to come back. Water bottles, ice buckets, and ice boxes were held in their hands, and Hurado was quietly hiding behind them.
After the interview, when Rado walked toward the dugout, he was the first to charge An Woo-jin. An Woo-jin poured an ice bucket filled with water over Hura-do’s head, and the other players also sprinkled water to celebrate. But this wasn’t the end. The moment Hurado thought, “It’s over,” Jang Jae-young poured an icebox full of water from behind. This time, it was a huge amount of water baptism, and Hura-do smiled happily with an expression of ‘I was hit’.
In this way, Kiwoom players and fans applauded Rado after being showered with water and congratulated him on his first win in the KBO League. 먹튀검증
Hurado was a foreign pitcher with high expectations that Kiwoom recruited with the maximum of $1 million for new foreign players. However, in his last 2 games, he was not helped by a fielder and became a losing pitcher in all of them. But this day was different. After overcoming the early run crisis, Rado adjusted his pitching tempo and pitched stably.
Meanwhile, Hurado played for the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets in the major leagues, and later played for the New York Mets, the Dominican Winter League, and the Minnesota Twins’ minor league teams. He appeared in 45 career major league games, going 12-16 with a 5.97 earned run average, and 131 career minor league appearances, going 47-24 with one save and a 3.39 earned run average. In particular, as a player with national team experience who led Panama to advance to the finals at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) last October, he is a player who will be a great help to the Kiwoom mound.