This is my second Baseball season as an English Teacher in South Korea. Last year, I blogged about baseball and how the Samsung Lions won the League. Well, the season has just kicked off again! As a word of advice for anyone who is considering going to a baseball game in Korea, it is definitely worth it! There is so much fun and hype behind each and every game, I would go to all of them if possible.
This year, it didn't start too well for my Home Team, from Daegu; The Samsung Lions. They lost their first game to KIA, a team from another part of Korea. However, Samsung's losing streak was short lived, with them winning their next game the following day, a re-match against KIA (why they played twice, I do not know - to be honest I am still a novice when it comes to this spot, being a European, but I'm loving this game more & more as I watch it). From the Korean chants to the beer & chicken at the game, to the Kmexican (Korean -Mexican) wave, I love it! That would probably be the high light to every game, if I had to choose!
(The first game of the Season, of course I'm cheering on Samsung, my Daegu Home team)
Getting tickets for the opening game of the season was almost impossible. As a word of advice, use your Korean friends to the max! My Korean co-workers tried to buy tickets via the official website, and the stadium itself, but they were sold out. Thankfully, some of my Korean friends kept phoning the stadium & managed to grab three tickets. Luckily for me, my awesome Korean friends also went to the stadium at 9.30am on a Saturday morning to pick up the tickets..... *Cough* while I slept! (They're really good friends as the game didn't start until 2pm).
(Got my new Jersey, with Number 36: 이승엽)
With it being a new season, I decided to buy a new baseball jersey, I chose the blue over the white for $77 so I am committed to my Team for the whole season, and foreseeing they will win, it's a commitment I do not mind making! It's really great being an English teacher here in Korea, because baseball is so big, all of the kids I teach, even the girls, all love the sport, so we can talk about it during class & discuss the previous games.
(such a great game)
Below is a video from most recent game I attended. Samsung Lions Vs SK. This game was really good. Samsung were winning for the first 5 runnings, then suddenly SK matched, and overtook them. BUT then Samsun came back in the 8th inning to win. The atmosphere and the weather (because it did not rain) were both amazing.
John May grew up in Dublin, Ireland where he is from & went to Trinity College – one of Irelands best known universities. He graduated from here in November 2012 with a B.A. (Mod) in Geography & Sociology. John has always had a passion for travelling having been to most of Europe, he decided to explore Asia after Uni. He had always wanted to teach and thought what
better way to travel than teaching English on the way. John is currently teaching English for CDI in Daegu, South Korea a position he found through Aclipse; and loves every minute of it!