Over 700 Female Fans Gather at Baseball Promotional Event

SK Wyverns starting pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun poses for a photo with an Ewha Womans University student at a promotional event for the sport in Seoul on Monday. SK Wyverns' starting pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun poses for a photo with an Ewha Womans University student at a promotional event for the sport in Seoul on Monday.

Some of Korea's top baseball stars were busy signing autographs at
Ewha Womans University in Seoul on Monday as the Korea Baseball Organization held its annual media day there.

It was the first time the KBO has staged the annual promotional event at a women's college since it was launched in 2005.

"It is estimated that about 45 percent of spectators who visit baseball stadiums are women, so we decided to hold the event here to woo more female spectators," said Yang Hae-young, secretary-general of the KBO.

Only 700 tickets were distributed for the promotional event, which saw many frustrated fans gather outside the college's hall to get a glimpse of their heroes.

At a pre-signing event for fans to meet their baseball heroes up close and personal, SK Wyverns' starting pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun and Lotte Giants' left-handed hitter Sohn Ah-seob proved as popular as idol stars. Some 150 tickets were handed out on the spot and got snapped up in minutes.

Kim was named the most popular baseball star based on a vote by Ewha students, a result he attributed more to his skills on the field than his looks.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 25, 2014 10:24 KST