Tonight my friends and I went to a baseball game here in Seoul — the LG Twins vs the Lotte Giants. I’m not a huge baseball fan in general, but when I do get the chance to go to a game, I enjoy myself.
Baseball in Korea is a whole different ball game — lame pun unintended. Although the stadium wasn’t filled to capacity, the atmosphere in the stadium was almost like a SEC football game (read: crazy). For those of you who don’t understand that comparison, just picture thousands of people all pouring their heart and soul into cheering and screaming for their team.
It was a totally exhilarating experience. For each team’s cheering section, there was an MC and four cheerleaders leading the crowd in enthusiastic chants and songs. For each player at bat, there were specific songs that the ENTIRE CROWD knew the lyrics and motions to, and they would sing and dance along quite passionately. Even though my friends and I didn’t know any of the words, we sang and danced along as best we could.
I’ve included a short video below, even though it doesn’t fully capture just how loud and involved the crowd was. Just picture that singing, standing, and chanting going on for 3 1/2 hours — and the pitchers just pitch right through the crazy noise. It’s almost like a concert, with a side of baseball.
Sorry for the slight shakiness of the camera. I was trying to dance and film at the same time haha. Also, behind the center lady’s head is the stage with the MC and the cheerleaders. They had changed out of their traditional outfits.
This second, slightly longer video isn’t mine, but it shows the traditional cheering song with better camera skills. This song isn’t unique to baseball — we sang it at our KU orientation too.
Since we were sitting in the LG Twins section (and we were in their home stadium), we cheered for that team, and we won 7-1 (when we got there we were up 3-0, and we really pulled away at the bottom of the 8th).
This might have been the most fun excursion I’ve been on so far — possibly even more fun than Lotte World! My friends and I are planning on going to another game next Tuesday night, and I’m looking forward to it. This time I’ll try to look up the words to the chants beforehand so I can write them down and chant along.
If you ever have the chance to go to a baseball game in Korea — GO! It is so fun. Even if you don’t like baseball, I guarantee that you will enjoy yourself.