Bourgo: Korean baseball fans help grieving American

From SABR member Patrick Bourgo at the Korea Times on August 2, 2015:

Paul Vogel, despite never having been to Korea, is a huge Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) fan and supporter of the KT Wiz, the league’s newest team. Living in Arizona, he stays up late many nights to watch his team in action.

One morning in early June, he heard a knock on his door and it was UPS delivering a package from Korea. “It felt kind of like Christmas to be honest,” Vogel said. “I got a fairly large box from somewhere on the other side of the planet, it was pretty cool.”

In April of this year, Paul’s older brother Jeremy passed away. And while Paul is no stranger to adversity _ at only 28 years old he is already a cancer survivor _ the loss of his brother was a devastating blow. A baseball fan in his youth, he decided to return to the sport to help him get through his grief, though it was not Major League Baseball (MLB) that he turned to, it was Korean baseball.

In the package he received was some gear from his favorite team, the KT Wiz, sent to him by a couple KBO fans in Korea.

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Originally published: August 2, 2015. Last Updated: August 2, 2015.