A Rainy Day on October 16, 2016
Team Jokbal was in the stands of Jamsil Stadium on October 16, 2016 before there was even an official Team Jokbal. What was going on that day? It was a cold rainy day and Game 3 of the 2016 KBO Semi-playoff was going on between the Nexen Heroes and LG Twins. Going into game 3 at Jamsil, the series stood at a 1-1 tie between the Heroes and Twins.
Even with a chill in the air and a continuous drizzle, fans still turned out in mass to brave the elements, wave their flags, and see their favorite teams play. That is how this flag came into the hands of Team Jokbal.
Procuring The Flag
Anyone familiar with KBO playoff games knows that teams will print up a bunch of flags and give them to random fans as a gift to wave throughout the game. On the day in question, we were in the stands on the Nexen side of the stadium but the flag guys never came our way and all of the flags had been handed out before they got to our area. It didn't really matter much to us since we were there to watch the game and we already knew how difficult it could be to get a team flag.
We soldiered on sitting in the cold, fighting for seats, and sipping on a few beverages. We watched LG strike first in the 4th inning by scoring 2 runs and saw the LG flags begin to wave. During most of the game the Nexen and LG flags remained motionless and then Nexen picked up 1 run in the 5th to bring the score within 1. At that point, Nexen fans cheered and waved their flags with pride. Now we had a nail biter on our hands as victory was easily within reach for either team. However, in the 7th inning, the LG Twins put up 2 more runs to make the score 4-1 and the LG flags went to work again. The Nexen flags remained motionless.
At the top of the 9th, there was still a lot of hope for the Heroes and fans continued to cheer them on. Unfortunately, 3 outs later, the Heroes had dropped game 3 by 3 runs and the fans began to take out their frustration by throwing their flags in the trash. We were lucky enough to be walking down behind some of them and grabbed a couple of the flags.
10 months Later
Ten months later, the Nexen flags were sitting in our apartments with the hope of being hung on the wall of a room one day. At that point a thought came to mind. Why didn't we get one of them signed by some of the Nexen guys and sell it in the charity auction?
With the help of Nexen pitcher Andy Van Hekken, that is exactly what we did and are doing. We got the flag into the hands of Andy in the second half of this season and asked if he could get some of the guys to sign it for us. He told us that he thought what we were doing was great and would be happy to get some of the guys to sign it for us. A couple of months later we got the flag back with the signatures of 10 of the Heroes.
The flag looks great and we can't wait to raise money to help out orphanages in South Korea by selling it during the upcoming auction.
For his help, Team Jokbal would like to say thanks to Andy Van Hekken for taking the time to get the flag signed for us. We would also like to thank all of the other players who signed the flag. We are sure that it will help raise a lot of money for the kids.
A group of guys enjoying the KBO and raising money for orphanages.