Wolf Pack versus South Korea All-Stars game
KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Fifteen Airmen from the Wolf Pack participated in a game of America's pastime, baseball, against Gunsan City's own baseball league at the Wolmyong Stadium in Gunsan City, September 12.
The purpose of the baseball match between the Wolf Pack and the South Korean All-Stars was to promote the lasting friendship on the peninsula, to experience each other's cultures and have the chance to work together as a team.
Staff Sgt. Kyle Hutchens, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron construction manager organized a base team to play against Gunsan's all-star team.
"I was pleasantly surprised how many great baseball athletes we had this year," said Hutchens. "We used baseball, the game we all love, as a tool to strengthen the friendship and community relations between South Korea and the U.S.A."
The game is considered an annual event at the request of the local township. Every year, members of Kunsan assemble a team of their best players to play downtown.
"We really like holding these types of events where Korea and American can play against each other," said Chiwang Chae, Information Technology for 8th Force Support Squadron. "The team really likes the chance to play against the American team and being able to mix the communities."
Chae also stated that baseball games like these only strengthen the respect and friendship for one another. The team is looking at bringing two of the American players from Wolf Pack's team onto the Korean All-Stars to play off base.
"We only had two practices and knew each other for one week before this game," said Hutchens. "However, we played as a selfless team with tremendous effort and support for one another."
The game's final score was 29 to 1, with the American team taking the win.
"I want to thank the Kunsan Baseball Association for having the great event for the 5th year running," Hutchens added. "Your respect for the game of baseball has given our two nations a common interest in which we can join in competition and friendship with one another."