As a recent convert to baseball I’m not sure that my opinion counts for much. However I would like to share some of the joy that characterises baseball in Korea. Unlike their counterparts in the USA, Korean fans cheer for everything and I mean, everything. Crowds in the USA are also enthusiastic but the team usually has to do something commendable to earn deafening cheering. In Korea, they don’t have to anything and in most cases can even play badly and spirits are still phenomenally high.
My boyfriend, who has been an avid baseball fan from the day he could walk is torn between getting caught up in the excitement of a Korean game and debating if the players really deserve such cheering after an exceptionally poor pitch or a missed catch. Personally, as my knowledge of the game is fairly slim, (aside from it’s similarities to the wonderful game of cricket) I think watching baseball in Korea is great.
Korean and American baseball games still share a required level of cheesiness, kids wearing baseball gloves in the hope of catching a ball and ridiculous socks for the players. What Korean baseball does have in its favour is much cheaper snacks and drinks and a packed to the rafters crowd who are all high as kite, no matter what the final score might be. Here’s to many a day at the ball park.