The bolded quotes are from Yogi Berra, baseball player and later, manager of the Yankees. He was most famous for things he said. Some of which make no sense, but somehow they do.
Wiki tells us just how successful a player Yogi was: “a Fifteen-time All Star, winning the AL MVP three times, in 1951, 54 and 55. He played in 14 World Series and holds numerous World Series records including most games by a catcher (63), hits (71), and times on a winning team (10), first in at bats, first in doubles, second in RBI’s, third in home runs and BOB’s. Yogi also hit the first pinch hit home run in World Series history in 1947.”
I like that Chilbongie picked him as a mentor or role model. I hope that Yogi’s past accomplishments hint at where the story takes our young pitcher’s future…on and off the field.
The writers have singled out Chilbongie as the only child from a broken marriage. His life has been the most challenging of all the students at the boarding house, but we don’t see him as broken.
If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.
While a positive outlook helped him do well with sports, Chilbongie is far from being a complete person. In fact, from the beginning of the series, he has been the character with the biggest opportunity for growth.
Chilbongie is a lonely being, and my heart goes out to him for that. He did not grow up in a warm, hugging household. We know his mom loves him, but from a distance. Remember Mom’s wedding day? Rather than actually calling her son to tell him how grateful she is to have him in her life, she left him an outgoing message on her beeper number.
You can observe a lot by just watching.
Raised by a successful working mom, he grew up as “the man of the house,” a boy who was sensitive and responsive to his mother’s moods. When mom came home exhausted from work, he trained himself to be cheerful around her to avoid burdening her. He tells Najung how he made his own raymyun on nights mom worked, so that means he was alone often. This kid grew up a lot faster than most, and never complained.
You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.
And Dad? We have rarely heard him mentioned at all, not even hints from Bingie. This indicates Dad was NOT the type who hung out, played catch and generally encouraged his son growing up. We do know Dad is generous with financial support of the baseball team. I suspect CB has worked so hard on his baseball skills all those years as a way of getting and holding his father’s attention and respect.
Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
His father may have lived vicariously though his son’s success. (Most parents do, we can’t help it!) As with so many children who work for a parent’s attention, however, they succeed in their specialty and earn everyone else’s love, but they never seem to think they have achieved enough to earn the parent’s love. It could simply be that the parent doesn’t know how to praise, or is afraid if he/she says something positive that the child will stop working as hard as they do.
It’s deja-vu, all over again.
Imagine, then, his experience with Najung – not only doesn’t she know of his skills initially, once she finds out just how good he is, she doesn’t care to the point where she tries to convince him to switch to basketball!
The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.
The trained athlete welcomed Oppa as a competitor for Najung’s heart. He measured himself against Trash, admitted it would be difficult to prevail with such a rival, but refused to give up.
If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
Like a lot of athletes at his level and age, he is struggling with the academic responsibilities of being a college student. Attending classes and studying are an afterthought.
Watching him throw the tantrum about his stupid homework really grabbed my attention. If he doesn’t take responsibility soon, apply himself to his education, things will get a lot tougher. All I could think was, “Honey, if you think THIS is hard, wait for Life after Baseball.”
If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
For the next few episodes, we may need to prepare ourselves for some (more) Chilbongie failure and sadness.
Like all the others on Team Chilbongie, I want to think that the Oppa/Najung phase will pass. That Mean Old Nasty Mr. Life will test the Boy, and the Man will emerge from the experience. Someone who eventually Najung will come to value and love. Whether she marries him or not, that’s gravy.
Slump? I ain’t in no slump… I just ain’t hitting.
He is a good character to root for, and with every fiber of my being I want him to be happy. I hope to God the writers do, too!