The Phillies, in the coming months (and likely years) are going to have a hard time filling Citizens Bank Park. However, the solution to that issue could come from a Korean Major League team with the opposite problem.
The Hanwha Eagles, a team in the the Korea Professional Baseball League who are “famed for losing” yet still have an abundant and loyal fanbase, recently installed cheering robots in the stands to stand-in for fans who cannot make the games. It looks like there are only two rows of robot fans, so the Phillies might need to place a bulk order.
The fans watching on their phone or computer who can’t make the game can put their face on one of the robots, and send messages of support for the team. A whole video on them is above, but here are my favorite parts:
I really hope someone asked this out loud, and in a room where no one laughed and everyone immediately started working on it:
The robots take place in the “slow wave,” which is like the wave but slower, so it’s 100% worse:
And one of these things is not like the others:
They’d have to put some filters on those robots if they brought them here. Otherwise, it’d just be bare man-asses with messages of “Papelbon Blows” broadcasting to an empty ballpark.
Overall though, I like the way the Koreans look at baseball.
h/t reader Jason