Saturday, August 14: This evening, a gang of us went to see the Samsung Lions vs. the Daejeon Eagles at the baseball stadium in Daegu. The night was hot and sultry, one of the most miserable nights since I’ve been in Korea.
We sat in the stands with the other Koreans, clothes sticking to our bodies, sweat soaking our hair and faces. I never have cared anything for baseball, but the experience was a fascinating cultural grab-bag; I always love people-watching and seeing baseball Korean style was different, for sure. Especially the fans. Anna, Seth, Kathy, Maurice, Suzanne, Carly, Shihwan and Shin were all in attendance. I took a few pictures, and then my camera battery died (so irritating!). Maurice had our pastor’s camera, which I used to snap a bunch of photos.
Alas, no hot dogs at this ball game. I ordered a take-out of mandu, or Korean dumplings, which I ate in the stands with chopsticks. Not exactly the baseball game fare I’m used to. It mattered not; I love mandu! Some of us also ordered fried chicken, which the Koreans have in recent years taken a great liking to (along with pizza and pasta).
The game gets very exciting towards the end and the Korean fans become very boisterous!
Even though the evening is sweltering, we still manage to have a good time experiencing a bit of the Korean baseball world. 🙂