By KERRY TINGA
Many people have missed watching professional sports during this health crisis. And while some games are now being played, they are done without an audience. The empty arenas have been distracting for viewers and even for some players, causing many leagues around the world to get creative.
New York-based film critic Eric Hynes shared photos in a now-viral tweet highlighting the very important persons present at a professional baseball game in South Korea.
“They’re playing professional baseball in Korea with stuffed animals,” Eric writes. “This should be a permanent change.”
They’re playing professional baseball in Korea in front of stuffed animals. This should be a permanent change. pic.twitter.com/zWaE9fj3Uo
— Eric Hynes, in the view of some experts (@eshynes) June 7, 2020
We could not agree more, especially after the unfortunate attempts by one of South Korea’s professional soccer clubs, FC Seoul, who filled a stadium with what some Korean Twitter users believed were clothed sex dolls. Although the club denied that the mannequins were originally created for a sexual purpose, the K League fined the club for “the incident […] that has greatly insulted and hurt female and family fans and to prevent similar incidents going forward.”
The PG-rated baseball match was played between the Hanwha Eagles based in Daejeon and the NC Dinos based in Changwon. The stuffed toys, however, were reported to have been sent by Hanwha Eagles fans as early as June 3 for their game against the Kiwoom Heroes, according to Stripes Korea.
The front row was filled with A-list celebrities like Spongebob Squarepants, Winnie the Pooh, Spider-Man, Stitch, and Mickey Mouse. Other big names seen in the star-studded crowd included Pikachu and Pucca. Is there anybody we missed?
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The KBO league has been playing in stadiums full of stuffed animals since fans aren’t allowed at games. (h/t eshynes/twitter)