Team Jokbal tried and failed at making a decent advertisement with KIA Tigers players Hector Noesi, Pat Dean and Roger Bernadina.
Having built up a decent collection of items, Team Jokbal has started its preparations to sell the items for charity. This may turn out to be even more difficult. It has almost turned into a full time job! We have had to start a much more aggressive social media campaign. We have had to work on the logistics of the auction. We are figuring how to increase the value of items. We have also had to start making advertisements.
Our first attempt, with Jeff Manship of the NC Dinos, went pretty well. That was possibly because we kept out of the way. Jeff made it himself on his own phone and sent it to us.
Team Jokbal: Making Baseball Fun Again!
The response of the players has shocked us. We never thought that they would be pilling to help out so much. But in return that has placed extra expectations on us. The business of delivering for the orphanages was always a serious promise but the sheer quantity and value of the items that we have received, place extra pressures. We aren't complaining, we are determined to keep our promises.
One of those promises was to "Make Baseball Fun Again!" Even if we had never received any items from any players, we were determined to help people smile. We had felt too many teams were working on sucking out enjoyment while increasing prices. Stadiums had become filled with corporate types and the atmosphere was getting too serious.
With this in mind, we were always a bit silly. We enjoyed acting the fools and lots of people around the country joined in. But changing gears has presented some problems. This showed itself very clearly when we went to Suwon to meet with Hector, Pat and Roger.
Team Jokbal Meets The KIA Tigers
Back to the point of this whole article. We had met all 3 of the KIA foreign players over the course of the season and knew them to be great guys. They had helped us so much already and we felt bad asking them for anything else at such a crucial stage of the season. This is where the job has got a little difficult, we don't like to bother players and we try to remain respectful but we now have a responsibility to our charities. Basically, we have to try to get as much money for each item as possible. That is the point of what we are doing. So, we contacted the KIA interpreter to ask if we could get some pictures and make an advertisement.
So we arrive at the stadium and we message the interpreter. He says that they will come out in a moment. I go to the door as instructed. A boy is waiting with a ball that he wants to get signed but even he has lost hope of any chance of that happening. His Dad tells him that it is time to go. There are lots of people lining up for tickets at the desks 20 meters away. There are a bunch of stalker fans, as usual. And of course hundreds of people wondering around meeting friends. Non of them are expecting what happens next.
The little white door opens and out walks Hector Noesi, the league topping pitcher. Everybody stops and pauses. A few seconds pass as people do their double-takes and then a ripple of screams of "Oh! Hectoh!" At this point, few people have noticed that Roger Bernadina and Pat Dean have followed him out of the door. But soon they realize! Before the three of us have finished our greetings, we are swamped. Well... those three guys are, We were just stood with them. We felt so embarrassed. We had put a pack of vultures around the guys. People were pushing and pulling and asking for anything and everything to be signed. This is the last thing that we wanted to do. Hector soon suggests that we head into the locker room area. As usual, security have different ideas but as usual they lose.
Making the KIA Tigers Jokbal Advertisement
It was meant to be simple. Jeff Manship had shown us how easily a 9 second advert could be put together. How hard can it be? Very!
We won't go into too much detail as you can see for yourselves in the video. Put simply the 4 of us could not get our timing together. Try after try. One of us would jump the gun. Somebody would forget the line or say something different. Sometimes, we didn't realize that we were still being filmed.
But we wouldn't be deterred. The guys were good sports and finally a usable video was made. This final edit will be published closer to the auction date.
Here comes The KIA Coach!
In the words of Pat Dean, "We nailed it!" We were all relieved that the ordeal was over and had started kicking it in the hallway for a couple of minutes. We were just starting to settle down and then someone shouted down the hallway at us. It was the KIA Tigers coach, Kim Kit Tae.
We almost had heart attacks. Had we got the guys into trouble? This really wasn't going well. The nerves were back. But it seemed that Kim Ki Tae was curious rather than angry. He then beckoned us over to him. Suddenly, we remembered that we had a spare ball. Would it be rude to ask the coach to sign at this moment. His decision to hug me, dispelled any doubts. The coach signed the ball, asked a few questions and then left just as confused as when he had appeared.
Thank you from Team Jokbal
A whirlwind 20 minutes were finally over. Team Jokbal will be eternally grateful for all of the efforts made by the KIA boys over the course of the season. We wish all of the team well for the post season. We know that children in Korea will definitely benefit from the time and efforts of Roger Bernadina, Hector Noesi and Pat Dean. Especially Pat! He has been the target of so much of our campaigning and he has been a great sport. We will leave you alone!
We haven't forgotten you Yong Bin Doh! Thank you so much for making this possible!
Hector Noesi Highlights
Pat Dean Highlights
Roger Bernadina Highlights
A group of guys enjoying the KBO and raising money for orphanages.