Lotte fans in Busan as well as all over the country are thrilled with the performance of the Lotte Giants, who are running for first place in the professional baseball KBO league in the 2023 season. Fans who want to support Lotte players who write a new history for the club every game flock to the baseball field as well as online. Lotte fans are looking forward to this season for their first advance into fall baseball in five years and their wish to win the third Korean Series. Lotte’s performance is also playing a big role in the box office of the KBO League this season.
Lotte won 7-4 in an away game against the KIA Tigers held at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju on the 2nd and achieved 9 consecutive wins. Lotte has won without giving up a single game since winning the home game against KIA on the 20th of last month. Lotte’s 9 consecutive victories is a record achieved in 15 years since August 2008. Lotte took a step closer to the ‘team record for most consecutive wins (11 wins)’ achieved in 2008 during the days of coach Jerry Royster.
Lotte is playing a game that overwhelms the opposing team by scoring the necessary points in the scoring position with a recent concentrated blow. In addition, Kim Jin-wook, Shin Jeong-rak, Kim Sang-soo, Yoon Myeong-jun, Choi Jun-yong, Koo Seung-min, and Kim Won-joong, etc., set up Lotte’s own ‘victory equation’ by quieting the opponent’s batting line. It is expected that the starting pitching staff will have a stronger power if the pitchers Lee In-bok and Cha Woo-chan, who are recovering from injuries, join the force.
Busan’s Sajik Baseball Stadium, which is called ‘the world’s largest karaoke’ due to Lotte’s unprecedented performance, is also in full swing every day. At Sajik Stadium, the first full crowd (22,990 seats) of the season was set in the game against Kiwoom Heroes on the 30th of last month. Most of the seats for the three-game home game against the Samsung Lions, which will be held on the 5th and 7th, are sold out through online reservations. As of 7 p.m. on the 3rd, all seats for the Children’s Day game, which starts at 2 p.m. on the 5th, were sold except for a few seats for the disabled. Most of the seats for the 5 p.m. game on Saturday the 6th have been reserved. In the case of the game on the 7th, only seats on the third base side and some outfield seats remain. If Lotte’s winning streak continues, the remaining seats are expected to run out quickly.
In addition to Sajik Stadium, fans who support Lotte flock to stadiums for away teams across the country. At baseball stadiums in Seoul, Daegu, Gwangju, and Incheon, every Lotte game there is a cheering match comparable to Sajik Stadium. The Lotte club also dispatches cheering squads, including Cho Ji-hoon’s cheering team leader and Yang Hye-bin’s cheering team leader, to away games at other stadiums, focusing on boosting the enthusiasm of local Lotte fans. Lotte players say that they gain strength from the enthusiastic support of the fans, saying, “Even in away games, it feels like playing a home game thanks to the fans’ passionate support.”토토사이트
The online cheering match is also hot. The Internet portal Naver Baseball homepage is flooded with ‘finger support’ from fans cheering for Lotte even before the Lotte game. In the match between Lotte and KIA on the 2nd, the number of finger cheers for Lotte exceeded 25 million.
The Lotte team adds strength with a unique event to the passionate Lotte fans’ desire for victory. On the 3rd, Lotte held an event called ‘Electric Display Board Cheering with Fans’ at Sajik Stadium. Lotte fans participated in the event, which was free of charge, and watched the away game against KIA in Gwangju on a large electronic display board, cheering for Lotte’s 10-game winning streak.