Drunk Korean Baseball Fan, Fed Up With Blown Calls, Decides to Put Umpire in Headlock (Video)
The umpiring crew for this week’s series between the Kia Tigers and SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization has been having a pretty rough time.
On Tuesday, second base umpire Na Gwang-nam called a Wyverns runner safe on a stolen base attempt when he was clearly out, and home plate umpire Kwon Young-cheol called a hit-by-pitch on a Wyverns batter when the ball clearly hit his bat. Then, during the bottom of the 6th inning on Wednesday, first base umpire Park Keun-young called a Wyverns runner safe at first base on a double-play ball, even though the throw appeared to beat the runner to the bag.
That’s when things went from bad to worse. After Park’s blown call, one drunk Tigers fan sitting in the field-level seats, which the Tigers call “The Surprise Zone,” decided he’d had enough of the incompetence. So he “surprised” Park by running onto the field and putting him in a headlock.
After a security guard and the Wyverns first base coach wrestled the fan off the umpire, they handed him over to police. However, the umpire later declined to press charges, so the fan was only stuck with a lifetime ban from the stadium and a $50 (US) fine—a small price to pay for attacking an umpire.
Is there video of the situation? There sure is…it’s just not embeddable. So if you want to see it, click here.
Hat Tip – [Extra Mustard]