Yesterday was the final day in the World Baseball Classic's series between Korea and Japan. For obvious reasons a big rivalry exists between the two countries and this game proved no exception. During lunch (and well into the following class), both students and teachers were glued to the TV screens in the classrooms cheering their countrymen on.
The series took on double importance as it was the final championship match in the World Baseball Classic, which pits National teams assembled from the planet's baseball loving nations.
For someone who often regards baseball as boring and slow paced, this game proved anything but. The energy and tension in the entire school was contagious, esp. as Korea was down two points at the bottom of the 9th inning. But then the Koreans scored two runs and tied the game up Every classroom in the school promptly roared in applause.
Unfortunately for my new Korean friends, victory proved elusive that day, as Japanese star Ichiro hit two in at the top of the 10th inning, clinching the win. Still, the Koreans played a great series, performing marvelously well against some formidable Japanese talent. A fantastic game by any standard.