Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Lotte Giants

A few months back Chris’s company invited the entire project out for a night at the ballpark.  It isn’t very often that spouses and children are invited to events, so we were all excited to go along.

Baseball is a very big deal here in Korea.  It is said to have been introduced in the early 1900’s by American missionaries, and has just grown from there.  The game we went to see was between the Lotte Giants out of Busan and the Hanhwa Eagles out of Daejeo.  Fun fact, the teams don’t go by their city names, it’s by their sponsors.  Another fun fact, you will notice that neither of the teams listed were from Ulsan.  The Lotte Giants play one game a month in Ulsan, who have adopted them as their home team since they don’t have a team of their own.

There was a large group of us and since baseball is such a hot commodity here, we had to sit in the visitors section.  This really wasn’t a big deal, but in doing so, we missed the cheerleaders for the home team.  Yes, you read that correctly, the cheerleaders!  While the game is the same, the little quirks that make going to the game are totally different.  You won’t find any hot dogs (but really would you want to?  What is in that meat??) or cracker jacks.  There is no seventh inning stretch.  You will however get plastic bags filled with cans of beer and ice, plastic blow up noise makers, and crazy cheerleaders including a very enthusiastic MC.

The best part about the entire night though, were the plastic trash bags.  Towards the end of the game, plastic trash bags are passed around to everyone in the entire stadium.  Immediately after you get your bag you are supposed to fill it with air, put it on top of your head and hook the handles around your ears.  It is hilarious, but when in Korea, do as the Koreans do!  After you’ve fulfilled your allotted time with the bag on your head, you fill it with your trash and take it out with you at the end of the night.  Fun, useful, and oh so Korean.

It was a great night of fun with friends, and a new experience for us in Korea, plus the Giants won!  All in all, a great night.

Things we are looking forward to this week:

  • Traveling to Japan!  We leave tomorrow for a long weekend in Fukuoka and Hiroshima — look for a post on that soon.
  • Soccer is starting again!  School is finally back, and soccer is starting!  I’m excited to see all of our old players and meet the new ones!
  • Blogging about the Philippines!  I am currently editing the videos of Chris falling off his paddle board, over and over again.  It’s going to be great!

Here is to next week’s stories of our adventures in Korea  (and Japan)!


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