A joy that explodes nonstop… Incheon’s night embroidered with “Festival of ★” was perfect

After an eventful first half of the 2024 season of the KBO League, they took a short comma. Naturally, the season of the “Festival of Stars” all-star game was also visited. The feast that came to Incheon for the first time in 16 years was followed by the All Star Friday on May 5 and the All Star Game for the first team on May 6, wiping out fans’ thirst for baseball.룸알바


Band Day6 performs during the cleaning time show for the 2024 KBO League All-Star Game. Photo by SSG Landers

It was filled with gifts for fans who had been sold out for three consecutive years even in inclement weather hit by the rainy season. After the familiar fan signing event, summer race, the special performance of the Air Force’s special flight team “Black Eagles,” which marked the beginning of the festival, cut through Incheon and provided a different pleasure.

A cool water cannon was also prepared to blow off the heat. A stream of water was sprayed on each hit or scoring scene, which excited fans. The team wasted no time even cleaning time. The KBO invited DAY6, a famous band, to turn the baseball stadium into a concert hall in an instant for the first-ever cleaning time show. Fans enjoyed every moment with magnificent chant.

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The game ended with a 4-2 victory for Nanum All-Stars. Choi Hyung-woo (KIA), Austin Dean (LG), and David McKinnon (Samsung) of Dream performed a thrilling cannon parade to clear the hearts of fans.

Choi Hyung-woo has been named MVP “Mr. All Star.” He made three hits (one home run) and three RBIs in four times at bat, including the final solo shot, and swept 19 votes out of 21 votes cast by reporters. He also garnered up to 10 million won (approx. As a member of Kia Tigers, he won the honor for the first time in 15 years since An Chi-hong in 2009.

Ryu Hyun-jin (Hanwha) won the Outstanding Pitcher Award after returning to the mound after 12 years. The Outstanding Batter Award was awarded to McKinnon with a chasing two-run shot, and Na Sung-bum with a brilliant jumping catch won the Outstanding Pitcher Award. Yeom Kyung-yeop, the LG manager who led the Nanum victory, won the Victory Award.

Oh Seung-hwan of the Samsung Lions took the mound as the 10th pitcher of the Dream, and set a new All-Star record of 41 years, 11 months and 21 days, surpassing Yang Joon-hyuk (41 years, 1 month and 28 days) in 2010. Kim Hyun-soo of the LG Twins also added a special record by tying with Yang for the largest number of appearances in the history of 15 appearances and the longest to 13 consecutive appearances.

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The highlight of this event was the colorful and colorful performance of the players. Analysts say that the hottest competition has been held since KBO introduced the “Best Performance Award” in 2019.

The honorary trophy was taken by Dream All-Star Hwang Sung-bin. He rode a motorcycle to the batter’s box and led the audience to laughter. After getting on base with an infield hit, he took out a note saying “Delivery completed” and even recreated the “Dancing base” that drew much attention in March. In the defense that followed, he carried an iron bag from the outfield to the mound and completed a “fast delivery” of rosin to his teammate Park Se-woong, showing a perfect match. In the 100% fan-voting competition, he won 51 percent of the vote (97,447 out of 189,266 votes).

Park Ji-hwan, a high school graduate of SSG, drew tremendous cheers by showing explosive choreography to Psy’s hit song “New Face.” KIA Kim Do-young made fans excited by transforming into the main character of the famous drama “Bounce With Sunjae,” and Austin, who appeared as a pizza delivery man, his childhood dream, and handed a pizza to Yang Eui-ji, also drew attention.

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