in South Korea

First baseball game ever

I never went to a baseball game in America, even though I lived less than 30 minutes away from Dodger Stadium. KIND OF. It’s never 30 minutes on game day. I’ve passed by on the freeway on Opening Day, and it gets backed up to the moon and back.

This particular game was SK Wyverns vs Nexen Heroes, at Munhak Baseball Stadium (home to SK Wyverns, and my local team).

I went with a friend and met his two other friends there, for the first time. Buying food and alcohol at the stadium costs about the same or slightly more expensive than elsewhere (1000-3000 won more, at most). We bought fried chicken and spicy chicken for 15,000 won each. A six-pack of beer cost 6000 won, and we bought two packs. Two large bottles of soju, for mekju (beer/mekju + soju  = mekju) for who knows what price. Drank nearly nonstop during the game.

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Each player has their own song. Everyone either knows the song, or follows the lyrics. In the picture of the stadium, you see that red line running along the middle? That’s where the lyrics are.

So you/I get drunk and start singing along. Whenever it’s your team’s turn to play, you and the other fans start singing and dancing. There are cheerleaders, and everytime you blink, they seem to multiply, and not because you’re drunk. There’s two, then four, then six. During halftime, a bunch of kids come up and do an incredibly energetic and synchronized dance routine. And there’s a guy in charge of everything, yelling and blowing on a whistle to get the crowd amped up.

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The cheerleaders start catapulting shirts into the crowd.

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And then I showed up on the Jumbotron!!!! No photo or video evidence of this, unfortunately!

And after the game, FIREWORKS!

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I’m sold on Korean baseball. SK Wyverns are my team forever!!!