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Pokémon Plush Toys Gather To Watch Korean Baseball

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Starved for sports? You’re not alone! Because of covid-19, professional sports leagues have delayed starting their seasons. In South Korea, while pro baseball is being played, spectators aren’t allowed to attend. Thankfully, Pokémon plushies are.

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At Daejeon Hanbat Baseball Stadium, home of the Hanwha Eagles, the stands behind home plate are being filled with cute character plush toys of Pikachu, Snorlax, and Dragonite, among others.

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Sonic is also in attendance. And is that Knuckles?

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The plushies started watching the games late last month.

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Though, at that time, they were practicing stricter social distancing.

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As this image on The Qoo shows, it appears that the characters don’t have reserved seats and sit in different spots depending on the game. Good, because I was really worried that SpongeBob had better seats than Pikachu.

Other baseball stadiums have been filled with cardboard cutouts, fans printed on banners, and inflatable people.

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There is even a robot band supporting its team.

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Get them on the field and make Super Baseball 2020 a reality, STAT!

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

I see the President of China and a few of his body doubles made it.

Also...are stuffed toys generically called Pokemon in Korea or is the title of this article misleading?