By Kang Seung-woo
A local comedy program took hits from baseball fans for its disturbance of an important pennant race game.
The ``One night-two days'' crew from the Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) visited a Lotte Giants-Doosan Bears game, a duel for No. 2 spot, at Sajik Stadium in Busan Friday, and its cast performed during cleaning time, which usually takes about two or three minutes after the fifth inning.
However, the performance lasted 10 minutes and players who usually warm up during the short span had to stay in the dugouts.
After that, the game continued, but the longer break affected starters, who had thrown to a scoreless tie over five innings.
Giants starter Song Seung-jun allowed three runs in the top of the sixth, and Bears' Kim Sun-woo struggled with his command.
A few more problems were also caused during the night.
The program said it had booked 50 seats in the first base stand for the game, which hit its 18th sold-out game this season, but in fact, they took about 80-90 seats, most of which remained empty during the shooting.
While filming, the staff blocked aisles around the stand, causing disruption to others.
In addition, they deployed cameras on the ground and shot the dugouts during the game.
``Fans should be put above everything in a stadium, but Friday night, the tables were turned,'' said Heo Koo-yeon, an MBC-ESPN commentator.
``It is fine for entertainers to come to the stadium and enjoy baseball together, but they seemed to take advantage of baseball's current popularity.''
``The performance should have been done on time, but with the break time longer, pitchers were inconvenienced,'' Bears manager Kim Kyung-moon said.