A Japanese legendary ace makes an appearance, and we chat with Heo Gyu-yeon.

Thousands of Japanese fans traveled to Gocheok Sky Dome to watch the opening game of the Major League Baseball season. Legendary ace Koji Uehara (48), who played in Nippon Professional Baseball, Major League Baseball, and the Japanese national team, also made an appearance at Gocheok Dome.

The Dodgers won Game 1 of the 2024 Major League Baseball World Series 5-2 against San Diego at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Gocheok SkyDome in Seoul, South Korea.

The Dodgers took a one-game lead in the opening two-game series. San Diego started the regular season with a loss.

For the first time in Major League Baseball history, the opening game of the World Series was held in South Korea. The Dodgers are the most popular team in South Korea, thanks to the success of Chan Ho Park in the mid-to-late 1990s and Ryu Hyun-jin in the 2010s. San Diego is the team of Kim Ha-seong. Many Korean baseball fans traveled to the Gocheok Dome to watch them.

However, Japanese fans have followed suit. The Dodgers signed major league star Ohtani to a 10-year, $700 million contract before the 2024 season. It’s the largest contract in professional sports history. They also added Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and San Diego’s starting pitcher that day was Darvish Yu. Thousands of Japanese fans traveled to Gocheok Sky Dome to see Ohtani and Darvish.

Japanese baseball legend Uehara also made an appearance at Gocheok Sky Dome. Uehara was a starter and closer for the Yomiuri Giants from 1999 to 2008 and was the ace of the Japanese national team that competed in the 2002 U.S.-Japan All-Star Game, 2004 Athens Olympics, and 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Uehara has been in the Major Leagues since the 2009 season and has played for the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs. With the forkball as his primary weapon, he compiled a career major league record of 22-26 with 95 안전놀이터 saves and a 2.66 ERA.

Uehara was particularly successful with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, going 4-1 with a 13-0 record and 21 saves in the World Series. He was named MVP of the American League Championship Series and pitched the final game of the World Series. He returned to Japan for the 2018 season before retiring from active play in 2019.

Uehara, a legend in both Japanese baseball and Major League Baseball, sat in the first-base bleachers at Gocheok Sky Dome to watch the Major League Baseball opener. Before the game, he chatted with KBO Commissioner Heo Gu-yeon and had a great time. He then enjoyed the Seoul Series by watching the major league players’ movements until the end of the game.

From Japanese fans to the ‘legend’ Uehara. Many people who love baseball in Japan visited Gocheok Sky Dome, and the Seoul Series was not only a celebration for Koreans, but also for Japanese people.


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