The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat this morning took part in their first Korean community clinic. Heat Players Kevin Clark, Josh McGee, Jay Pacella, Marshall Yanzick and coach Rick Steven were welcomed by over 100 students at the Dongseo University in Busan.
The campus is an exclusive private university, specialising in technology and art along with having one of Korea's strongest English programmes. Nestled amongst the mountains of Busan, the views of the field the team set up of downtown Busan and also breath taking views of the stunning coastline here in South Korea, were truly breathtaking.
The event was coordinated by newly crowned Perth Heat Fan Bobby McGill, editor in chief of Busan Haps a local street press magazine who is working to increase our popularity here in Busan. The event started with the students asking players a variety of questions and were fascinated to learn our opinions on Busan, the food, the customs and also if we knew "Gangnam Style". Kevin Clark has been the most adventurous in the food department and spoke of his love of Korean seafood cuisine.
After a Q and A, the players created skills stations for the locals. Coach Steven and Josh McGee put them through their paces with a solid ground ball fielding practice, Pacella taught the art of pitching, Yanzick had the locals catching fly balls and Kevin Clark demonstrated what it takes to be a catcher in the ABL.
Hotdog also made an appearance fresh from yesterday's adventure through the Korean Streets and is slowly becoming the second most popular "Heat Player" behind the legendary Dae-Sung Koo.
As the Korean smiles beamed from ear to ear, the appreciation from all of those who attended that "Australia's champions" had taken the time out to show them some skills and have a chat about life in Australia and America was a truly a humbling experience for the players involved.
As we headed back to the Hotel to prepare for tonight's game vs the Lotte Giants, The Heat won over a ton of new fans and will have a 300 strong fan base for our game against Yomuri Giants on Friday night.
Coach Steven and the players made long standing memories for themselves and the students. Had it not been for time, the players and coaches would still be there, living it up in the amazing city and beautiful country.