K-Advent Calendar Day 4 – Watching Baseball
There are some unwritten commandments in the world of football; thou shall only support one team per country, thou shall not wear ‘away’ colours in the ‘home’ end, thou shall not wear a ‘half and half scarf’ (okay I made the last one up). At 48 Shades Tower we would like to introduce a new commandment to the K-League, “thou shall not watch baseball while at the football!!” It’s generally accepted in Korea that baseball (or rounders as it shall be known from now on) is the bigger draw. This is most obvious from the fact that it’s not uncommon to find the same rounders match on every sports channel while football fans have to search through YouTube channels to watch a ‘top-of-the-table’ clash. That marketing victory is one thing but actually watching the rounders while at the football takes the proverbial biscuit.
It is unfortunately a pretty common sight to see someone sit through an entire 90 minutes permanently glued to the rounders match on their phone in order to see which team will win today before playing against the same team again in about a week! Don’t get me wrong there are some K-League matches where I’d rather watch Waterworld than the action on the pitch but there is something about watching rounders that is akin to cheating. So I guess in the true sense of ‘if you can’t beat them join them’ it is time for the K-League to make some regulation changes. I think cheerleaders at each ground, rather overweight looking chaps on each team, beer selling ajummas walking through the crowd and increasing the duration of a match to resemble those ‘kickabouts’ down the park when you played for 3 hrs to avoid going home to do your homework should do for starters.
I don’t really get the attraction myself and growing up in school I always thought rounders was something the PE teacher arranged when he was too hungover to look for the cones and bibs.