MFBTY talk about SEVENTEEN during their V APP Broadcast!
VIDEO TRANS: Bizzy mentions having met Seventeen during his comeback stage the other day and how they gave him a signed CD! (SEVENTEEN’s message in the album: Thank you for the 13 cds!! We all love the song and we listen to it every night hehe. Good luck, Hyung-nim!) MFBTY all wished Seventeen good luck as well and Yoon Mirae said “Come to my house~~ i’ll cook ramen for you!” (Tiger JK is dying in the bg LOL) and Bizzy recalls hearing that Seventeen cooks 20 packs of ramen in one go cuz they have 13 members. He also mentions noticing that Vernon grew taller in last three months since he saw him last!
Okay so I have neglected my tumblr ever since exams ended and graduation. I should update it now haha! Anyway other then the usual Korean idols and dramas, I have finally branched out to Korean baseball LOL LOL LOL. So today I shall tumblr about my 2 favourite teams!
The first thing to know is that Korea has its own league/series. There’s the annual KBO Championships which takes place around April to September (there are games almost everyday during the season). Basically there are 9 baseball teams in Korea with 1 joining next year, and I will briefly introduce them (in no particular order). Oh and I am an extremely bias person, so I only put in effort to research on teams that I like HAH.
LG Twins (Seoul): Home stadium is Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. Won the Korean Championships 2 times (1990 and 1994).
Doosan Bears (Seoul): MY ULTIMATE FAVOURITE TEAM, more coverage later. Home stadium is also Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, as such LG Twins and Doosan Bears are like eternal rivals. Their games are so much fun to watch hehe. Won Championships 3 times (1982, 1995, 2001). Previously known as OB Bears. Have one of the largest fan bases despite only winning 3 times, which I believe is due to a high number of good looking players hahaha. Sadly, Doosan is not performing as well as expected this year, and is stuck in the bottom half of the league.
Lotte Giants (Busan): Home stadium is Sajik Stadium in Busan. Won Championships twice (1984, 1992). I don’t particularly like this team, though I have no particular reasons. One interesting thing about this team is how the fans cheer for them. The fans will tie an orange plastic bag on their head cos orange is kinda their colour.
KIA Tigers (Gwangju): MY SECOND FAVOURITE TEAM. Home stadium is Champions Field in Gwangju (newly renovated and upgraded). Won Championships 10 times (1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2009). Have very fervent and passionate fans due to the fact that they won the title so many times. Also have really good looking players. In my opinion they have the best uniform in the league. Previously known as the Haitai Tigers.
Samsung Lions (Daegu): Home stadium is Daegu Stadium. Won Championships 7 times (1985, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013). Current winning streak. Again, I don’t particularly like this team.
Nexen Heroes (Seoul): Home stadium is Mokdong Stadium in Seoul. Never won the Championships before, but seems to be performing rather well the last couple of years, securing a place in the top half of the league.
SK Wyverns (Incheon): Home stadium is Munhak Stadium in Incheon (close to Seoul). Won Championships 3 times (2007, 2008, 2010). This team went through a few management changes so they kinda lost identity for a while.
NC Dinos (Changwon): Home stadium is Masan Stadium in Changwon. Never won the Championships before.
Hanhwa Eagles (Daejeon): Home stadium is Hanbat Stadium in Daejeon. Won Championships once in 1999. Previously known as Binggrae Eagles.
One new team will be joining the league in 2015 - KT Wiz (Suwon). Home stadium will be Suwon Stadium.
Okay let’s get on to the most interesting aspect of Korean baseball - the fans. I tell you the baseball scene in Korea is almost like the scene in Kpop. The funny thing is baseball usually and mainly attracts male fans, but in Korea there is almost as many female fans as there are male fans for any one game. I would say 55% males and 45% females. Celebs often make appearances too, be it as part of the audience or to take part in the ceremonial pitch.
The players have female fans following them everywhere and taking photos/fancams of them. They will queue hours to get an autograph or a photo. The baseball industry has noted the exponential increase in the number of female fans that they have expanded the variety of fan goods available for cheering. I don’t know if that is weird or what but I’ve never been a fan of sports, so I don’t know if having so many fans is normal. There are numerous fan sites dedicated to these players or teams, which are updated on almost a daily basis.
At any game, the basic attire is a jersey of your favourite team or player. I have even seen fans dressed like a baseball player, complete with the glove and baseball bat. I’m pretty sure if you are not familiar with the baseball scene there, you might actually mistaken one of those fans as a real baseball player. Team caps and clapper sticks are a must too. In fact, most fans have more than one jersey - one to wear and one to hold. Fan board are extremely common as well, so too are hair bands.
Of course there are cheerleaders, who are perched atop a stage with high quality sound system blasting cheers for fans to sing along. Popular members have their own personal cheers. And let me tell you, a true fan would know the words to all the cheers. I’m proud to admit that I know all the Doosan cheers, as well as the personal cheers for my favourite members in KIA hehe. It’s actually really catchy and easy to sing along to.
Okay lastly, the eating. OH MY GOODNESS. Korea has this culture of eating and having picnics during baseball matches. I think this is one of the best things about Korean baseball - EVERYONE IS EATING. Trust me, at my first game I tried not to get anything and at the 4th inning, I gave up and bought KFC. It was one of the happiest moments of my life haha. Chicken and beer (more commonly known as chimec to Koreans) is a must. Other kinds of food include rice rolls, pizzas, burgers, hotdogs, all kinds of snacks etc. There will be guys with those portable beer dispensers walking around, as well as ahjummas carrying LOADS of snacks in a basket. The best part of it all is that at the end of the match, most fans clear up the mess and take their rubbish along with them as they leave. I seriously have nothing more to say haha.
And so here are a few photos of how it is like during a baseball game.