BTS member supports Ryu’s pitching gem
LA Dodgers hurler Ryu Hyun-jin pitched the second complete game shutout of his Major League Baseball career on May 8 in a 9-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.
It marked the first feat in six years as his previous shutout took place in his rookie season in 2013 when Ryu joined the big league after dominating the Korean league for seven years.
He took a perfect game into the sixth inning, and throughout the match, Dodgers coaches didn’t have to call down to the bullpen for even a warm-up.
“I want to be a pitcher my teammates can depend on me every five days, and I will put more effort in so I can start every five days,” Ryu said.
The “Korean monster” had enough motivation to achieve the pitching gem as his parents, wife, and friends were on hand to see him take the mound at Dodgers Stadium.
It was his mother’s birthday and after completing the four-hit masterpiece, the southpaw dedicated the win as a birthday gift to his mother, who flew from Korea.
In fact, Ryu had one more special supporter at the stadium as K-pop band BTS member Suga visited there to cheer for the Korean pitcher.
Suga met Ryu before the game. After Ryu tossed the shutout, Suga congratulated it through Twitter.
The seven BTS members visited Los Angeles as they started their world tour at the Rose Bowl Stadium over the last weekend.
The “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” tour came after the septet dropped its fourth studio album “Map of the Soul: Persona” midway through last month.
The seven-track album puts the boy band in the center of global attention.
The mini album became the band’s third one to top the Billboard albums chart, and the idol group won two awards at this year’s Billboard Music Awards last week.