• Andrew Gabriel

Is the KBO Better Than the MLB?

The Korean Baseball Organization is a major breath of fresh air, and not just because it is live baseball on TV in 2020.

This league is the EFL Championship to the MLB’s Premier League. The general quality of each individual player isn’t quite as good and there isn’t as much star power, but the games are super entertaining, more so than the MLB.

This league is a lot of fun. It doesn’t take itself horrendously seriously. Such is displayed in images like this.

Die-hard KBO fans sit behind home plate

“But Andrew,” you may ask, “did the KBO seriously put cardboard cutout fans in the stands?” You are damn right they did. This action represents more than some faces on box material, this speaks to the greater feel, the vibe if you will, of the KBO. They’re laid back as hell, and I can’t get enough.

Through something of a complete algorithm-related accident, the NC Dinos’ mascot has adopted the name, and you are not reading this wrong, “Swole Daddy.”

Swole Daddy

When I created this website, I did not foresee myself captioning a picture of anything “Swole Daddy”, but we continue. I love sports.

Now, why does "Swole Daddy" being an accepted name for this mascot represent anything other than the fact that the internet is funny sometimes? Simple: it reinforces the idea that the KBO doesn’t have a stick up its collective ass.

There is absolutely no way something like this would happen with an MLB team. If the KBO is a super-chill hippie dude from the 1970s, then the MLB is this guy.

He looks like no fun.

Along with the cardboard fans, which are better than plastic fans (I’m not funny), and the acceptance of the “Swole Daddy” moniker, there is one more glaring advantage the KBO holds over the MLB: the acceptance of the bat flip.

The guys at 1306 have weighed in on this before.

You’re absolutely right, Mr. Charde, baseball absolutely does not have to be modest.

Not only do the players in the KBO refrain from mentally squirming uncontrollably when a player does a bat flip like the inhabitants of the MLB do, the bat flip is actually an accepted tradition in the KBO.

The bat flip is viewed similarly to a goal celebration in soccer, which is completely appropriate and easily comparable. When a soccer player celebrates a goal, it’s a reflection of a really great thing they did. It is not them relaying the message to the goalkeeper that they suck.

That energy is taken into the KBO and should be taken into the MLB. KBO pitchers recognize that the dinger is worth celebrating, something that has slipped the mind of their MLB counterparts.

I have publicly declared myself a Samsung Lions fan and will support them through thick and thin for probably forever. I strongly suggest you, the reader, if you haven’t already, find yourself a KBO team to support and tune into ESPN at ungodly o’clock am eastern standard time for some quality baseball action.

Go Lions.

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