Written by: Hubby
Bears – Giants; a classic NFC matchup, right? Not this time! On Friday night we went to see the Doosan Bears play the Busan Lotte Giants in Jamsil Stadium, Seoul. Let me just say up front that I had high expectations for the game. The South Koreans won the last Olympics in Baseball, and came in second to Japan in the World Baseball Classic. These guys can play ball, and this game was every bit as good as the MLB games I’ve seen. We all chose a team to support, so we had Bears and Giants fans. I chose ‘da bears’. It looked like it was going to be a blowout until the Bears scored six in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead. The Giants scored to tie the game in the eighth. And, then out of fear of a swamped subway with the little ones, we left before the ninth. Too bad, because after nearly an hour searching the internet for the score, I discovered that the Bears won in extra innings! Yeah, Doosan!
A couple of funny notes. First, we really had a hard time figuring out who Doosan was actually playing. We didn’t figure out it was the Giants until the 3rd inning or so. Our friend Mike had seen the schedule that led us to the game, but he wasn’t sure who was actually playing. And, everything was in Korean. But, we finally figured it out! Also, I was expecting hotdogs and beer at the stadium. No such luck. There was a lot of beer (Cass, Hite and OB) but no dogs. No matter, there was plenty of dried squid. Also, there was bulgogi burgers from BK and chicken from KC. The kids also had ice cream. We also discovered that you can bring any food or drinks into the stadium. So, next time maybe I’ll bring my own dogs.
So, for those of you interested in going to see baseball in Seoul, I highly recommend it. We took the subway to the game: line 2, stop 218 - exit 5, which is the Olympic Sports Complex. This took us right to Jamsil Stadium. The subway exit is also very close to the ticket office. So, it was an easy trip. We ended up walking the entire perimeter of the stadium because we didn’t ask for directions to our gate, but it was still pretty easy to find seats. We were in the outfield, so our seats were not reserved. The game was also really cheap. We had four adults and six kids, and outfield tickets for all ten of us were 46,000 won. That’s only about $40! Here is the official website, but good luck figuring it out.
Postscript: The day after the game, Girl and Boy2 had baseball games. Girl went 2 for 2 and hit a homerun, and boy 2 also hit a homerun! Both of them were wearing their new Doosan Bears hats. Coincidence? I don’t think so!
Pictures by me, Trish
Written by: Hubby
Korean baseball snacks:dried squid, grilled squid, kim-bap & peanuts. We went with the kim-bap & beer.
Girl was excited to see the olympic rings!
Proud Army wife and mother to 4 wonderful children. I love to cook, travel, work out and scrapbook life’s adventures when I find the time. We just got orders & are heading back to the states in March 2010. I'm bummed that our time has been cut short, but proud of Hubby for the reason why.
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