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Merry Chuseok Day ! ! !

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2011 at 2:13 am

Yesterday, was Chuseok Day.   Chuseok is Korean for Thanksgiving.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuseok

Just like the American Thanksgiving, Chuseok Day is about spending time with various relatives you may or may not like.  Since the Stockdales don’t have any various relatives in Korea to like or not to like, we went to a baseball game.

There are eight teams in the KBO ( that’s metric for Major League Baseball ).  Three of these teams are located in Seoul.  They are the LG Twins, the Nexen Heroes, and the Doosan Bears.  After no research whatsoever, we decided to be Doosan Bears fans.  Doosan is one of the big Korean conglomerates (like Hyundai and Samsung) that dominate the business world here.  They probably make heavy machinery, paper towels, baby formula, computer chips, and office furniture.  They are probably also exploring investments in car washes and the launch of telecommunications satellite infrastructure.  It seemed like as good a choice as any.

The quality of baseball in Korea isn’t necessarily up to American professional standards.  Not saying it’s bad baseball.  However, a reasonably good NCAA Division 1 team could dominate the baseball world here.  That said, Korean baseball was actually a lot more fun to watch than American baseball.  Here’s why:

First, the crowd is split.  If you are rooting for the home team, you sit on the first base side of the stadium.

If you are rooting for the away team, you sit on the third base side.

Second, instead of quietly sitting in your seats till something happens, each team has cheerleaders that lead various chants in Korean while their team is batting.

If you believe this chanting only occurs occasionally, you would be wrong.  They do this for EVERY single batter during EVERY single inning.  They are  just as loud and excited during the first inning when the Doosan Bears had a chance, as they were during the eighth inning when the Bears were losing by five runs.  In fact, the big little Stockdale summed it up well when she quipped ( that’s metric for said ), ‘At least they’re not as bad as the Bengals.’  Having lived in Cincinnati and Kansas City has taught the Stockdales not to be that optimistic when it comes to local sports franchises.  The Doosan Bears are close to last in the league.

Third and probably the best part of Korean baseball.  Without a doubt it was 2500 KRW beers and 9000 KRW tickets.  1000 KRW = $1 USD, so it was $9 to get in and beers were basically free.

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