JinJin is a starting pitcher who is known for junk pitches that frustrate even the most composed batters. But it’s not just those off-speed pitches that make him good; it’s that he knows when to use them. Most people overlook his ability to control the game and just blame his ridiculous knuckleball. In interviews, he tends to downplay his own abilities and instead hype up his teammates—with one key exception: he’s quick to tell people he’s the best looking guy on the team whenever someone brings up the amount of commercials and television show cameos that Eunwoo gets.
When MJ first started playing baseball as a kid, his coaches would send him into the outfield just because he had a tendency to sing—loudly—when he didn’t have a ball to chase. They didn’t realize that his energy levels would actually benefit him, keeping him sharp even on the hottest of summer days (and he only sings in the shower now). When he gets on base, he’s particularly dangerous—and holds the team’s all-time stolen base record. Rocky is slowly catching up to him, and while MJ outwardly harasses his younger teammate about it, he secretly loves that he’s able to be someone who pushes Rocky to work harder.
Eunwoo has known JinJin since their tee-ball days. At first, they were on opposing teams, and Eunwoo being the one to get flustered by JinJin’s pitches. But it only took one season of catching those pitches in high school for Eunwoo to figure out what exactly JinJin was doing. Between JinJin’s pitching and Eunwoo’s clever calls, they made a name for themselves as one of the most dangerous batteries in the region. They were drafted to two different teams, but after a couple of years in the minors, Eunwoo talked his way into a trade that brought them back together.
Moonbin plays the “hot corner”—because he’s got the strongest arm in the infield and the energy to keep up with the amount of action third base gets. He sometimes gets a little too amped up and throws are a little high. Fortunately, Sanha is tall enough to catch those wild throws. Unfortunately, Sanha also likes to give Moonbin a hard time about them. The pair are known for goofing off in the dugout, and often get caught on camera spitting sunflower seeds at each other or singing along with the stadium’s background music.
Rocky plays shortstop and is known for two things: turning nearly every ball sent his way into a double-play and never showing any emotion other than pure concentration while playing. He’s won numerous awards for his defensive skills, and the media frequently comments on his stone-like expression. MJ is constantly trying to get Rocky to break, hoping fans will be able to catch a glimpse of what Rocky is really like. And it was MJ shouting “Run, Rocko, Run” that made a short clip of Rocky sliding into second with a grin on his face go viral.
Sanha’s height benefits him at first base, and his long arms help him hit home runs. He and Moonbin actually became friends in the minor leagues when they spent a season in fierce competition for the league’s home run record. At the time, Sanha downplayed his competitiveness, saying he only liked hitting home runs because he prefers jogging the bases rather than running them. But Moonbin could tell Sanha wasn’t being honest and continued to egg him on. It worked, and Sanha’s ability to both read pitches and slam them over the wall has only improved.
And in case anybody is wondering about the rest of the team: Second base is Heejun. Right field and left field are Youjin and Inseong, respectively. And Seungjun and Jihun are in the bullpen, screwing around while waiting to step in as JinJin’s relief. Please support KNK.
You sat on the couch staring at the TV, lazily flicking through the channels unsure what to watch, stopping when you saw your boyfriend on the screen, you perked up at the sight of him, immediately paying more attention.
Originally, he would’ve been home by now but to your disappointment he had texted you an hour ago to say he’d be home late, his recording running overtime. He would text you updates throughout to tell you what he was doing and ask what you were doing, but since it was just during his breaks the conversation never lasted long, making you impatiently anticipate his next text.
The show was already over when you finally heard the front door open, Yamada tiredly calling out to you as he walked in. He immediately put his things down before sitting next to you on the couch, leaning against you, he loosely wrapping his arms around your waist, you could feel him relax.
“How are you Y/N?” He looked into your eyes as he spoke, staring until you answered.
“I’m good, you look tired” He nodded, closing his eyes lazily as he continued to lean against you, slightly tightening his grip around your waist. “Have you eaten?” He nodded again before speaking.
“I ate on set, what about you?” You could hear the tiredness in his voice making you stare at him before responding.
“I ate already too” He hummed at your response, pulling you closer to him as he did. “Are you sure you don’t want to go to be? You seem really tired” He just shook his head in response, clearly not planning to get up anytime soon.
“I don’t want to get up, you’re comfy” You chuckled at his response making him smile.
“I really think you should go to bed, you’ll be more comfortable there” You moved to get up but he didn’t loosen his grip, making you unable to move.
Babe Ruth’s Major League Baseball Debut, 100 Years Ago
George Herman “Babe” Ruth made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox one hundred years ago on July 11, 1914. Originally signed as a pitcher, Ruth quickly established a reputation for hitting, breaking the single season home run record by 1919. Ruth played with the Red Sox for 5 years until his contract was sold to the New York Yankees in 1919 (and triggering the now-reversed “Curse of the Bambino” and denying Boston another World Series title for 86 years).
Ruth is seen in this unidentified newsreel excerpt, circa 1919. Based on the clues in the title frame, our best guess is this was the September 8, 1919 Red Sox-Yankees game at the New York Polo Grounds, when Ruth hit his 26th home run of the season.