Baseball with no fans? Korean league opener shows glimpse of possible MLB future
A new baseball season started in South Korea on Tuesday with one glaring omission — fans.
The Korea Baseball Organization is one of the few sports leagues in the world to restart during the COVID-19 pandemic. The opener between the LG Twins and Doosan Bears in Seoul offered a glimpse into what baseball in the United States could look like if Major League Baseball starts its season.
While there might not be cheerleaders in the empty stands of MLB ballparks like there are in South Korea, the eerie silence of the spectacle was probably the most glaring takeaway that Victoria Kim, The Times’ Seoul correspondent had from covering the game.
Here are tweets from Kim during the game:
Mr. Hyun here, the director overseeing the workers cleaning the bleachers at Jamsil Stadium, has been a KBO fan since the league's founding in 1982.— Victoria Kim (@vicjkim) May 5, 2020
He's been a loyal fan of one of the two teams playing today since, he wouldn't tell me which one (they're both his employers)! pic.twitter.com/6QplDyCESZ
Foul ball in the stands with no one to catch. Should I walk the length of the stadium to go get it y/n pic.twitter.com/HKaAigxuFJ— Victoria Kim (@vicjkim) May 5, 2020
HOMERUN! From LG's Kim Hyun-soo. 2-0 Twins-Bears pic.twitter.com/hLYxMSyYFD— Victoria Kim (@vicjkim) May 5, 2020
Whatever these cheerleaders make they deserve a raise 📣 pic.twitter.com/vgRaFSGZUM— Victoria Kim (@vicjkim) May 5, 2020
Final score, Twins win 8-2. Victorious fist bumps 👊 pic.twitter.com/ZYr2GQ2QdG— Victoria Kim (@vicjkim) May 5, 2020
While much of the world is under lockdown, baseball returned to South Korea on a day when the country reported just three new cases of COVID-19.
Get our high school sports newsletter
Prep Rally is devoted to the SoCal high school sports experience, bringing you scores, stories and a behind-the-scenes look at what makes prep sports so popular.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.