This week we checked “go to a Korean baseball game” off of our Korea bucket list. We watched the LG Twins cream the Nexen Heros 9-0. Baseball may be America’s favorite past time, but we could learn a few things from the Koreans.
- Koreans REALLY get into the games. The crowd is roaring (and/or singing) the entire time. Each player has their own song and the fans sing out their support for each batter.
- There is a man who walks around with a keg backpack, ready to pour you a draft beer for a mere 3,000 won. ‘Nuf said!
- You are allowed to bring in your own food and drink. We had a lovely picnic of pretzel rolls with tomatoes, provolone, and basil along with homemade margaritas (blessings be upon my husband for that idea!!). If you want to buy food there, it’s reasonably priced. You can get everything from fried chicken and fresh potato chips to 1,853,395 varieties of squid. I have to say, the squid I tried was really pretty delicious.
- The people sitting around us were so kind. Instead of rolling their eyes that they had to sit by kids, they engaged them and fed them chocolate and cheese puffs throughout the game. A couple even gave one of the kids their thunder sticks. There are two amazing things about this. #1: The kindness of strangers. #2: In Korea you can let your children talk to strangers, take treats from them, etc without fearing for their safety. We’re going to have to have a serious talk with the kids about this when we move back to the US!
- The crowd stays for the entire game. After the last out, most of the crowd was still there. They actually had to start turning out the lights to get people to leave. It was just a nice feeling and, I think, a neat way for the fans to show their support.
- Cheerleaders. Okay, I’m not really so into this one, but we got a good laugh!