Earlier this year the KBO announced a new expansion team: the KT Wiz.  They’ll play in the Futures League (Korea’s version of the minor league only with more teams consisting entirely of cops) and become an official KBO team in 2015.

Today the team released images of their logos and their mascots.  The logos are pretty much logos, but their mascots?  Holy crap!

First of all they look like Muppets that someone drunkenly drew using MS Paint.  That is an awesome look for a mascot to have.  The random witch hats, which I suppose are wizard hats in reality? Awesome!  The fact that the mascots are named Vic and Ttory? Awesome!

So good luck in the Futures League next year guys!  Hope you finish better than the Korean Police team.  I’ll see you in 2015!

Earlier this year the KBO announced a new expansion team: the KT Wiz. They’ll play in the Futures League (Korea’s version of the minor league only with more teams consisting entirely of cops) and become an official KBO team in 2015.

Today the team released images of their logos and their mascots. The logos are pretty much logos, but their mascots? Holy crap!

First of all they look like Muppets that someone drunkenly drew using MS Paint. That is an awesome look for a mascot to have. The random witch hats, which I suppose are wizard hats in reality? Awesome! The fact that the mascots are named Vic and Ttory? Awesome!

So good luck in the Futures League next year guys! Hope you finish better than the Korean Police team. I’ll see you in 2015!

Baseball lacks a certain amount of spectacle that is found in other professional sports.  I mean sure if you hit a home run at Citi-Field a giant apple pops out of a top hat…and there’s sausage races (which sounds like some kind of double-entandre but is actually a race between sausages)…and there’s Mookie Wilson bobble-head day…and M.C. Hammer throwing out the first pitch…I guess actually there is a pretty decent chunk of spectacle.  What I guess I meant by spectacle was babes.  While football and basketball both employ cheerleaders to get fans pumped up, the closest thing baseball has are Mr. Met and Bernie Brewer…unless you are in Korea, because then you too get to experience girls in skimpy clothing bump and/or grinding to the latest pop jams.

So in honor of their vital contribution to the Samsung Lions’ amazing come from behind victory over the Doosan Bears to win the Korean Series and become the 2013 Champions here are the 2013 Samsung Lion Cheerleaders!

Thank you ladies for being tough enough to wear hot pants in late October in a country where late October is not a time that one wants to be wearing hot pants.  The team and by extension the entire nation really benefited from your sacrifices.

Babe Ruth
New York Yankees, 1931
Behind The Beard: In 1903 a man named Benjamin Franklin Purnell started an apocalyptic religious group known as the House of David.  Followers of this particular religion were forbidden to shave or cut their hair, and they weren’t supposed to have sex or drink.  Purnell, loved him some baseball, and started a team, believing it would like to physical and spiritual discipline.  By 1913 the team was playing competitively and by 1915 they were barnstorming across the country, playing Major League, Minor League, Negro League, and quasi-pro teams while spreading their gospel.
The team later began hiring professionals from outside the community: Satchel Paige, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Mordecai Brown and Jackie Mitchell, the girl who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, all played for the team at various points.  Often when these professionals were on the team they would grow a beard as a sign of respect.  Some would wear false beards.
In 1931, the House of David took on the New York Yankees.  Babe Ruth wore a fake beard, either as a show of respect, or as a goof, or because he knew that 82 years later his former team, the Boston Red Sox, would all sport similar facial hair.

Babe Ruth

New York Yankees, 1931

Behind The Beard: In 1903 a man named Benjamin Franklin Purnell started an apocalyptic religious group known as the House of David.  Followers of this particular religion were forbidden to shave or cut their hair, and they weren’t supposed to have sex or drink.  Purnell, loved him some baseball, and started a team, believing it would like to physical and spiritual discipline.  By 1913 the team was playing competitively and by 1915 they were barnstorming across the country, playing Major League, Minor League, Negro League, and quasi-pro teams while spreading their gospel.

The team later began hiring professionals from outside the community: Satchel Paige, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Mordecai Brown and Jackie Mitchell, the girl who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, all played for the team at various points.  Often when these professionals were on the team they would grow a beard as a sign of respect.  Some would wear false beards.

In 1931, the House of David took on the New York Yankees.  Babe Ruth wore a fake beard, either as a show of respect, or as a goof, or because he knew that 82 years later his former team, the Boston Red Sox, would all sport similar facial hair.