Baseball resumes in South Korea, bringing innings to a world starved for sports
At one Opening Day game, KT Wiz hosting the Lotte Giants, the first “pitch” was not thrown at all. It was walked to home plate by a 9-year-old boy inside a plastic balloon decorated with the seams of a baseball. It was quickly dubbed the first “socially distant first pitch.”
The coronavirus pandemic has brought silence to sports stadiums around the world, including Major League Baseball in the United States. Fans eager for a sports fix have dredged up past games to re-watch or tried their best to entertain themselves with oddities such as play-by-play announcers narrating real life, such as pedestrians crossing a street.
So South Korea’s decision to play ball is receiving some unusual transpacific attention. ESPN plans to broadcast Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) games at least six days a week starting Tuesday. Last month, Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball association said that the start of the Japanese season will not take place until at least June.
Baseball in South Korea is also a symbol of its …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]