The Softbank Hawks, a prestigious professional baseball team (NPB) in Japan, will hold a variety of events at a spring camp practice game against the Doosan Bears in the KBO League. They plan to work hard to create a venue for baseball exchange festivals between Korea and Japan.
The Doosan Bears, led by head coach Lee Seung-yeop, will play a practice game against the Softbank Hawks at the Fukuoka Paying Dome in Japan on March 3. This is the first time Doosan Bears will play at the Fukuoka Paying Dome.
The special match will be held in the same environment as the official match, with paid spectators entering the stadium. The Paycheck Dome can accommodate 40,000 spectators. About 33,000 baseball fans are expected to enter on the day of the game between Doosan and Softbank.
Softbank Hawks plans to offer tickets for Korean baseball fans including Doosan Bears fans at a substantially discounted price. The team will also give the entire third base infield seats to Doosan Bears supporters and fans.
Doosan Bears’ cheerleading team leader and characters, and cheerleaders Seo Hyun-sook, Jung Hee-jung, Ahn Hye-ji and Park Ha-jeong will perform splendidly. After the game is over, there will be a fireworks festival in the dome. As long as the weather conditions are not bad, the dome’s roof will be open.
Doosan Bears sold a four-day, three-night Fukuoka tour for its fans. The fans’ reactions were so hot that all tickets were sold out on the day of the tour. The special match tour includes round-trip tickets and Seahawk hotel accommodation tickets, as well as post-match Paypay Dome Ground experience, commemorative photoshoots with the team, and Doosan Bears goods.
Softbank Hawks will also sell Mizuho Premier S seats, Infield S designated seats, and Infield A designated seats for Korean baseball fans at a discount in the official opening game, which will be held from April 2.월카지노도메인
Last year, the Fukuoka-based Softbank Hawks celebrated the 31st anniversary of the opening of the PayPay Dome and the 86th anniversary of its foundation. The team is the first strong team in the Pacific League to win four consecutive Japan Series titles from 2017 to 2020. The team is undergoing renovation by appointing Hiroki Kokubo ahead of the 2024 season. Kokubo is also familiar to Korean fans, such as having a meal with Lee Seung-yeop at the Yomiuri Giants in 2006.
Kokubo, who is leading Softbank, also served as the head coach of the Japanese national baseball team from 2013 to 2017. In the 2015 WBSC Premier 12, Kokubo took the helm of Samurai Japan and clashed with Korea twice.
The Korean national baseball team, led by Kim In-sik, knelt down to Japan 0-5 in the 2015 Premier 12 match. However, the team made a comeback by winning 4-3 in a return match that took place in the semifinal, and achieved the “Miracle of Tokyo Dome.”
During the 2015 Premier 12 semi-final, Korea was dragged 0-3 until the eighth inning, but in the top of the ninth inning, the team quickly turned the tables by combining Jung Geun-woo’s RBI double, Kim Hyun-soo’s pushback walk, and Lee Dae-ho’s two-run timely hit. Later, when defending in the bottom of the ninth inning, Jung Dae-hyun took charge of two out counts, and Lee Hyun-seung took the mound with two outs and a runner on the first base to catch his last 27th out count.
Softbank is also the team where Lee Dae-ho, the fourth hitter in Joseon, played in 2013 and 2014. Lee had a batting average of 0.300, 170 hits, 19 homers, 68 RBIs and an OPS of 0.816 in 144 games during the 2014 season. In the 2015 season, he had a batting average of 0.282, 144 hits, 31 homers, 98 RBIs and an OPS of 0.892 in 141 games, making him even hotter and enjoying the joy of winning the Japan Series for the second consecutive year at Softbank.
Notably, he dominated the series with eight hits, two homers and eight RBIs in 16 times at bat in five games at the 2015 Japan Series, when he faced off the Yakult Swallows. He hit the final hits in the second, fourth and fifth games, serving as a troubleshooter. Lee Dae-ho was named MVP. Lee Dae-ho is receiving strong treatment as a legend of his team, as he was invited to pitch by Softbank in May this year.