Los Angeles Dodgers Pay Respects to Ferry Disaster Victims

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday paid tribute to the victims of last week's ferry disaster off Korea's southwest coast.

Players and spectators observed a moment of silence before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at the request of pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, who suggested the idea.

Prior to singing the U.S. national anthem, all the spectators stood up, and the billboard at the stadium displayed a scene of two family members of a missing passenger sitting at the shore, watching the waters where the accident took place.

A banner showing two family members of a missing passenger sitting at a port in Jindo, South Jeolla Province is displayed at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday. A banner showing two family members of a missing passenger sitting at a port in Jindo, South Jeolla Province is displayed at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Some 3,000 to 5,000 Korean fans usually visit the Dodger Stadium whenever Ryu takes the plate. According to the U.S. census in 2010, the number of Korean residents in Los Angeles County, California was 216,501.

Ryu donated W100 million (US$1=W1,040) to help the victims and rescue efforts last week.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 25, 2014 13:16 KST