October 17, 2010
A while ago you might remember our videos on Korean Soccer and Korean Basketball. We’re really into sports, if you couldn’t tell by now. Anyhow, it’s about time we did a video on baseball in Korea, which is probably the biggest sport in Korea. Life in Korea just wouldn’t be complete without attending at least one of these games. See, we thought the crowds were intense during a Korean soccer game, but Korean baseball trumps it, doubles it almost. We’ve now been to a couple of baseball games, including one of the playoff games now between Samsung Lions and SK Wyverns. We got to the game an hour before it started, and were lucky enough to get into the nosebleeds! It was packed and intense.
Some of the things you should know about Korean baseball:
1. The songs: It seems that every player has his own song. When a batter is up, the crowd will usually sing something along the lines of “Choi Jeong HOME RUN!” It seems like they’re expecting everyone to hit a home run :D When they do hit a home run, though, the crowds go completely nuts, as if their singing worked. The game we went to had Choi Jeong hit two home runs in a row. The third time he was at bat, I swear, the songs were so loud you could probably have heard them from Daegu. Too bad he was walked.
2. The food: You won’t break the bank eating or drinking at a baseball game here. Forget about $10 beers or hot dogs. Stuff is priced normally. Buy a can of beer for 1,000 – 2,000 won. Or, hell, if you don’t want to buy food there, bring your own food and beer. No one’s going to stop you. What’s really cool, also, is that when you get to your seat you’ll see a garbage bag taped to the chair. Use it. Don’t just dump your stuff on the ground. When you’re done, tie it up and throw it into the big pile of other garbage bags. Sweet deal.
3. The seats: You don’t really buy tickets for Row 12 Seat E, or anything like that. You just buy tickets. First one through the doors gets first choice for seats. There are different sections that you can buy seating for; we heard that they sometimes sell Sam Gyap Sal Seats, where they bring meat to you and you can eat Sam Gyap Sal and watch the game at the same time. We haven’t got those seats yet, but – boyyyyyy would we love to!
Anyhow, since we’re feeling artsier than usual, here’s a video of a bunch of cool shots we got from the games we’ve been to. We’re really into collage layouts lately, so we’re making collage like movies as well, as you could see in our Korean Supermarket video. We’re also trying to get into better color correction, so you’ll see similar tints to what we used in our Ajosshi video as well. Hope you kinda like it!