ESL 101 Korean Baseball Activity

Step 1: What is happening?

Watch this video below. Afterwards write down two sentences in response to your friend from Chicago's question.

"Korean Baseball Fight". Uploaded by hroman on 12 September 2007. Standard YouTube Licensed.
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Now write those two sentences answering your friend's question "What is happening in the video?"

Step 2: What is the history of professional Korean baseball?

Read the article below from Wikipedia. Afterwards write two sentences summarizing the article.

Korea Professional Baseball, History Section
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The first game was played on March 27, 1982 between Samsung Lions and the MBC Chungyong (now the LG Twins) in Dongdaemun Stadium, Seoul. Then-president Chun Doo-hwan threw the first pitch.

The inaugural teams were:

Samsung Lions, based in Daegu
Haitai Tigers, based in Gwangju
Lotte Giants, based in Busan
MBC Blue Dragon, based in Seoul
OB Bears, based in Daejeon
Sammi Superstars, based in Incheon

In 1985, the Sammi Superstars became known as the Cheongbo Pintos. The next year, 1986, saw some major changes, with the OB Bears moving from Daejeon to share the Seoul's Jamsil Baseball Stadium with MBC Blue Dragon in Seoul. A new team, the Binggeurae Eagles, joined to replace vacancy of Daejeon by OB's moving and expanding the league to seven teams. 1988 saw the Cheongbo Pintos change ownership again, becoming the Taepyeongyang Dolphins. In 1990, MBC Blue Dragon became the LG Twins and an eighth team was added, the Ssangbangul Raiders who represented the Jeollabuk-do region.

There was little change in the 90's except for a few major sponsors: 1993 saw the Binggeurae Eagles become the Hanhwa Eagles, in 1995 the Taepyeongyang Dolphins became the Hyundai Unicorns and the OB Bears in 1999 became the Doosan Bears. Bigger changes were affected in 2000 when the Hyundai Unicorns moved from Incheon to Suwon, and a new team, the SK Wyverns took their place in Incheon. The Ssangbangul Raiders became defunct. In 2001, the Haitai Tigers became the Kia Tigers.

In 2008, the Hyundai Unicorns franchise was sold, renamed the Woori Heroes and moved to Mok-dong in Seoul, after a disappointing season in 2007 both on and off the field. Despite winning championships in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004, fans never really took to the team after their move from Incheon. Also, while the franchises in Daegu, Busan, Gwangju and Daejeon did not have to compete with other teams for fans, the Suwon-based Unicorns struggled to compete with the nearby Seoul franchises.

Founding member the Kia Tigers (formerly the Haitai Tigers) had won 10 of the 29 national championships.

Many of the players who excel in the Korean league go on to play for teams in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. Current successful players in the NPB who have played for Korean teams in the past include Lee Seung-Yeop for the Yomiuri Giants (former Samsung Lions player), Kim Tae-Gyun for the Chiba Lotte Marines (former Hanwha Eagles player), Lim Chang-Yong for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, and Tyrone Woods also for the Chunichi Dragons (former Doosan Bears player).

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Now summarize the article in two sentences answering for your friend who asks "What is the history of professional Korean baseball?"

Step 3: What is he doing?

Look at the picture below from Flickr! Write two sentences about what the player is doing.

"Korean Baseball" Copyright (C) 2007 Conor J. Meagher. CCA 2.0 Licensed.
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"What is the player doing?" Please answer in two sentences.