If you know me, you know that sporting events are kind of “meh” to me. I could take them or leave them, and I usually only “take them” for the social aspect.
But my co-teacher, Jenny, had been raving about Korean baseball games to me, so Matt and I decided that it would be fun to check out a game when my family came to visit in September.
Wow. After finding our seats (with the help of some kind strangers; seriously do the seats go in order? I’m still not sure) the fun began. We sat in the cheering section, behind the cheerleaders. But I use the word sat loosely, because really, we were on our feet most of the game.
Every batter had a song and a chant with his name. Did we know what everyone was saying? No. Did we care? Of course not! We joined in and yelled and sang whatever we thought the crowd was yelling. Kim Jae Ho had a particularly memorable tune sung to the rhythm of “The Twist.”
After attending the game, I think I agree with my co-teacher, who had also been to a baseball game in Seattle. Korean baseball games are more exciting than American games. Now the number of errors in the game? That’s a different story.