Police v NC Dinos, Saturday 27th April 2013, 1pm

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I’d looked into going to watch the Police baseball team last year, but it seemed to be a complicated place to get to so I went to see Goyang Wonders instead. Eventually though, if you are going to try to see all of the teams in the second tier Futures League, then you’ve got to make a bit more of an effort.

For me, making more of an effort generally involves asking Jen to find out how to get there and so that’s what I did.

She worked out that if we got the subway to Dongsan Station and came out of Exit 8 then we could catch the 1082 bus to within a couple of hundred yards of the Police place at Byukje. It worked fine, made easier by the Naeyu Dong Bus Terminal that we got off at being the final stop on the route.

This is the bus you want.

This is the bus you want.

With it being a Police training place the entrance was guarded. We got in simply by telling the bloke in the hut that we were there for the baseball. We weren’t asked for ID and given passes as I had been at the Army base when I saw a game there. Perhaps the Police don’t think that baddies would use the baseball as a cover story.

"Halt, who goes there?"

“Halt, who goes there?”

The Police were taking on Changwon NC Dinos. We got talking to a couple of old fellas who were wearing Dinos gear. One of them introduced the other as “Mr. Park, the former manager of the LG Twins”.

Whilst a backroom job with a new Futures League team seems a big step down, I bet he sleeps a lot easier these days. We chatted for a while and learned that the game we’d been planning to go to the following week wouldn’t be taking place after all. That’s one fewer wasted trip.

The main stand.

The main stand.

There were around forty fans sat in the bus shelter sized main stand. There wasn’t really anywhere else that you could watch the game from as the outfield fence was too high to see over.

The view from behind the plate.

The view from behind the plate.

NC opened the scoring with two runs in the second innings. Or inning as I’m told it should be. The Dinos players looked a lot younger than the Police opposition. One or two looked as if they should still be in school.

The crowd.

The crowd.

The Police fought back with seven runs in the third inning(s). One came from a batter being ‘non-deliberately’ walked, if you know what I mean, two came from a misfield and the rest came from the pitcher being tonked all around the field.

For the scorebard aficionado.

For the scorebard aficionado.

NC pulled one back in the fifth to make it 7-3 but that’s as much as we saw as we had a football game to get to on the other side of Goyang. I had a look later and the Police ended up winning 10-6. Better luck next time, Mr. Park.

3 Responses to “Police v NC Dinos, Saturday 27th April 2013, 1pm”

  1. Eric Says:

    “Unintentionally walked” (in logical contrast to an intentional walk).

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