About a month ago, Tim sent me an email from work that everyone was invited to attend a Samsung Lions game on July 30 and asked if I wanted to go. I thought it would be a great opportunity to see my first Korean baseball game. I have been to a few Tides games, and thought it might be fun. Plus, I wanted to see how Clarissa would respond.
Tim got off two hours early on Thursday so that we could go together instead of meeting him there. We took the bus to Seongdangmot and had dinner at Loterria (kind of like a McDonalds, but the food is better…). Then we took the subway to Myeongdok and took another bus to the stadium.
We met up with our group to get our tickets. The Daegu Transportation Organization was there for a special event and gave away free ballloons that you whack together to make noise. One of Tim’s coworkers had two and gave them to Clarissa. She was thrilled with them!
It was 95 degrees that day, so we were all drenched with sweat before the game even started. Thankfully, it cooled off a little as the sun went down.
The field was really nice. Tim said the monitor was 4K resolution, which is amazing. The Samsung Lions are in the Major Leagues of South Korea. But, it seemed like a minor league game to me. Granted I have never been to a Major League game in the United States. But it seemed very similar to a Tides game to me.
We were in the blue section, which basically means the fanatic fan section, I guess. The seats were pretty good, almost right next to third base. But at times it was very difficult to see the game. There were cheerleaders that did lots of song and dance. One song I recognized, “obla di, obla da, life goes on…” Of course, it was the Korean version and so none of those words were sung by anyone but me. The fans were really into it. Most were standing up and chanting. It was interesting to see. At first, Clarissa didn’t really like the chaos. But after a while, she noticed the birds, the lights, and the dragonflies, and she had a great time.
At first, I thought that the Lions were going to win by a landslide, because after the third inning, they were beating the NC Twins 5-0. But in the fourth inning, the Twins started to pick up and it was 5-2.
The game didn’t start until 6:30 and Clarissa usually starts her bath at 7:30, so we knew we wouldn’t stay for the whole game. We were planning to leave at 7:30, but Clarissa was with the wife of one of Tim’s coworkers checking out the field at that time. So we stayed until they got back around 7:45. I could tell that Clarissa didn’t really want to leave, because when Erin went to move her, Clarissa grabbed the fence netting. We figured it was better to leave while she was still in a good mood since we had a 45 minute trip back home.
Later that evening I checked the final score. The Lions won, 10-7.
We all enjoyed the game and plan to go to another one eventually. We think we will try one in the fall when it isn’t so humid. We would also like to sit in a different section so that we can enjoy the game more.