One Bad Apple

by Jenny on May 21, 2012

When you are a blogger who shares the ins and outs of your life, you have to be prepared for both the positive, supportive responses and also the negative, demeaning ones. You learn to take one with the other and grow thick skin. For me, the fact that I have a blog being paired with the fact that Brian is a professional athlete only adds further judgement.

I’m a sports fan so I understand getting fed up with losing seasons (I went through over a decade of them being an Orioles fan!) and with wanting to blame the easiest target or the worst performing player but some people truly are ruthless.

Since we have been here in Korea, a multitude of Eagles fans have come across my blog and for all of the positive feedback there has been the fair share of awful, criticizing feedback as well.  I’ve done my best to respond in the most mature manner possible, ignore some of the rude, childish my-baseball-team-is-losing-because-of-Brian and ignorant comments but they definitely have affected my time here in Korea.

Like take this mornings charmer of a comment….


At first I planned to delete the comment and move past it like the majority of the other unnecessarily rude ones but that wouldn’t make me 100% honest about my overall time and experience here and I’m not one to just sugar-coat the truth, smile and nod and pretend life is one big bowl of cherries.  That being said, I wanted to share the bread-winning comment so that this lovely human being got the credit they are so badly yearning for and so that others could see the intended hurtful words being slung at us.

I know not everyone has these feelings or the audacity to actually comment on a public blog citing them and we definitely have felt the support from many other Eagles fans, employees and team members however, I cannot lie and say that waking up to this comment today hasn’t made me wish that our last days here in Daejeon go by in a hurry.

You know what they say…

….one bad apple can ruin a bunch

{ 119 comments… read them below or add one }

1 cookiesncrunches May 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

Wow, some people are just so terrible! I’m sorry you have to deal with things like that. Being part of both the baseball and blog worlds, I can somewhat relate. The silver lining is that you seem to be a very strong person with a great foundation of support and love from family and friends. Just keep being you, holding your head up, enjoying life with Brian, and ignoring the negativity!!


2 Jenny May 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

Thanks Megan! It definitely will be a huge relief to get home to our family and friends!! And having other supporters out there through the blog world makes it that much easier as well :)


3 YEON HO May 30, 2012 at 4:33 am

your family will be back to korea .


4 Jin Chun May 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

One bad apple can ruin a branch huh? I guess that’s exactly how eagles fans will feel about Brian. To blame the teams performance entirely on one pitcher is wrong. But your husband was signed under the expectation that he would be a starting pitcher. In fact, his paycheck and contract may suggest that they expected him to be a GOOD starting pitcher as well. Sadly, neither has happened it seems. Look at Lotte, LG, Nexen and other teams with Foregin pitchers who are doing well. Even if your husband didn’t manage to be a good pitcher, at least Kim Hyuk Min, who prepared the season as a set-up, wouldn’t have had to be rushed to the rotation, and Yu Chang Sik, who’s having a hard time as a starter, would be able to take some time off in the minors.

What makes fans feel worse is the fact that instead of seeing their teams top pay earner on the mound…they saw him play zenga and go to pasta restaruant EVERY SINGLE DAY on your blog. We understand that you two are married, and have the right to pursue a happy marriage….but Brian’s responsibilities were not only to you, but also to the team.

One bad apple can ruin a branch. Too true


5 Kelli May 21, 2012 at 10:46 am

I’ve never responded on this blog, though I’ve read and followed it all (nice to meet you Jenny!), but now I feel compelled to. This is JENNY’S blog – not Brian’s. It’s about HER life and HER experiences both at home and in Korea. She doesn’t lay out Brian’s schedule and training because that’s not what we’re here for. And are you actually insinuating that playing Jenga is irresponsible and ruins baseball careers? If you don’t like her blog, why are you reading it?

BTW, a team that is 12 – 19 has a lot more problems than one pitcher. Also, it’s one bad apple ruins the BUNCH, not branch.


6 Jenny May 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

Kelli – it’s nice to meet you as well! Thanks for following the blog and for commenting on this post! What you said was perfectly put and something I would have loved to have said myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :)


7 arounme May 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm

you’re extremely right. here is for jenny, not Brian.


8 James Eunjoon Lee May 23, 2012 at 4:22 am

Dear Kelli, I totally agree with you. :)


9 Sarah Jerome Williams May 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Jin Chun- This blog is not about that sir, I would hope that people can separate life inside and outside of baseball. Being a baseball wife myself I understand fans get frustrated…. Don’t try and make it sound like all her husband did was non baseball related activity… I never knew Baseball players were never allowed to have any fun or eat… We’ve played overseas ourselves and one thing I remember was the expectations are a tad ridiculous and you are expected to be absolutely perfect, we as humans are not perfect and that’s totally ok with me. Jenny I really hope your husband gets picked up by a team here in the states, as you know from our baseball story there is always a chance at getting back to the “show”


10 Jenny May 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Thank you Sarah!! Every time Brian gets down about our situation, I remind him of you and Jerome’s story!!!


11 hi May 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

i think your husband have to study ‘헝그리정신’. but probably your husband never understand that word^^


12 Gun May 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

It is very shameful that yer korean.
That word doesn’t belong it


13 Luis May 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I agree.


14 rowina May 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I can’t get your point!! what brings you to get those lame conclusion!
Having time with family makes bad record? Players are same like workers in other fields. They want to have fun and happy time with their family after work(it might be more to foreign players). Why they can’t?
Do you know all about his life? not just guessing through this blog?
How could you know?
Don’t make any conclusion, if you don’t have enough reasons which can be acceptable.
I haven’t seen any bad comments from Hanhwa staff and players about Brain.If he wasn’t good person in team, why did they let him be with them until now?

I can understand that you feel bad about ur team’s record and his record also, but sometimes ,we may get bad result from our expectation or investment but it doesn’t mean that you can blame someone with ridiculous reasons.Especially, with bad words.

to Jenny: I feel sorry about ur bad situation and i hope you get over it and have wonderful life in your hometown.


15 Park May 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Jin Chun! Shut the fuck up!


16 Robert May 22, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Jin Chun – I agree with Sarah and Kelli. It is inappropriate to bash Brian here, which is totally irrelevant to the overall subject of this blog. If you have an issue with Brian, send him a letter directly and criticize him like a man, instead of whining cowardly at his wife’s blog. Also, Jenny and Brian enjoying their life and marriage is none of your business!

As an avid Eagles fan, I do understand your frustration, especially when the team is placed last in the league. But I would be surprised if Brian had an intention of grabbing the salary, sabotaging the team and running away, as you said. Being released in the middle of the season must be a painful experience for a professional athlete. Eagles coaching staff and the front office saw Brian’s talent and recruited him with a very high expectation. Unfortunately, he didn’t meet it and paid the consequence. This scene is frequently seen in baseball business in any team and in any league. In such an unfortunate situation, other players will step up to try to turn things around. Hence, there is always a hope. Trolling like you do it here won’t help anything.

Jenny, I hope Brian the best in his career.


17 arounme May 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm

hey, stop it. Cut off your nose to spite your face.


18 Jay Cho May 23, 2012 at 2:08 am

Wow, I’m really shocked to see this post and it’s just shameful to read the reply by Jin Chun. I’m not sure whether it’s a good idea to tell you this, but a Korean newspaper, MoneyToday, has published an online article about this post, and that’s how I got to know about this blog. An overwhelming majority of people who read the article responded that it’s a shame that some people behaved so immaturely and regreted that you and Brian had to put up with this nonsense. It’s so true that one, or few bad apples can ruin a bunch, and it is sad that such people who are violent and aggressive yet not representing the majority tends to stand out among the crowd. Although what’s already said cannot be unsaid, I hope you and Brian weren’t too offended by such an immature comment, and hope you understand that there are lots of people who wish for the best on your next journeys. Personally, I am impressed that you could react so calmly, and I apologize for what happened.


19 Biot May 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

to Jin Chun.
I am also a fan of Hanhwa but I don’t think so like you. Baseball is not simple as you think. Every player wanna show us cool moment. eveything you wrote on this blog is just your careless opinion not ours.. please keep it secret in your mind and keep quite to keep the our team’s pride.


20 jay May 23, 2012 at 5:58 am

there is something that many sports fans misunderstand. they think it’s okay to throw such disgraceful and rude comments towards the struggling athletes just because they are FANS. not even true. they are the same individuals just like us. put yourself in their position. it is not acceptable in any circumstance. act like a civilized man. calm the fuck down. moreover, no need to mess with their family. i happened to see this blog and feel so ashamed to see such immature people. hope these comments leave you negative feelings about korea.


21 Jae-sung May 23, 2012 at 9:17 am

He just talks as if he knew everything. Besides he lacks of any flexibility and sense of understanding and can’t catch ur true message. I don’t feel sorry for him who has narrow mind and view.
ANYWAY,, Jenny i think u have a great smile. don’t losing it and bless u always ‘_^


22 박지훈 May 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

Jin Chun님에게

한화팬으로서 화가 많이 나신것은 이해가 됩니다만….
선수가족들에게까지 심려는 끼쳐서는 안된다고 생각합니다.
가족들도 아빠가 한국에서 잘 해주길 기대했겠죠.
구단에서도 어느정도 그를 인정하고 데려온것으로 알고 있습니다.
용병들에게 많은것을 기대하지만, 결과적으로 실패할때도 있습니다.
이제는 한화와의 관계도 끝난것으로 알고있습니다.
화를 거두시고, 가족들에게 사과를 하셨으면 합니다.

이 자리를 빌어 배스 부인과 그의 가족들에게 심심한 사과를 표합니다.


23 Hokyoung May 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

is this the jackass who left the comment???? moron…
Jenny, sorry for my words… if you feel like keep my reply, please do so. I don’t want you to feel any worse. Sorry about all the things and bad meemoies in Korea becuase of these littles idiots.


24 Hokyoung May 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

if you DON’T feel like, I mean.


25 Hokyoung May 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

And…also ‘memories’ ‘little idiots’. sorry, I got too upset because of those idiots.


26 lifeofabaseballwife May 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

That is awful. Ya know what? That is someone who is so unhappy with their life they find it necessary to drag others down as well. You and Brian are better than that. And there is a reason you both have had the amazing opportunities that you both have had and there is a reason that person is writing hate emails, probably from their couch. I think it’s great you gave them credit in your blog! It’s probably the only recognition that person will ever get!


27 Jenny May 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

Thanks for the support Kathryn! And we will be cheering for you and Ben from back home in the states!! :)


28 krhtoday May 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm

What an awful thing to have to read! As if you guys didn’t feel bummed out enough. But glad to hear you’re keeping a smile on your face :) Hope you have a safe trip home!!


29 pys May 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Hello!! I’m Korean and Korea baseball fan. Never mind some ugly fans. Most fans love Bass and his sincere efforts. And ugly fans are teenagers. Forgive or ignore them. I hope that your memory about Korea and its culture is happy for you. Please anytime vist our nation. Sorry~ I’m not good at English as well.


30 dh May 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

World is wide, and it has many idiots. good people too.
I just hope you feel better than then.


31 TC May 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Huge follower of Brian since Baltimore era, saw him pitching twice in major. I am deeply sorry that we had to release him(Hanhwa fan myself). Sometimes, things happen for reasons, hope it will turn out good for Brian and his career, and really sorry for bad last-thoughts of Korea. hope you enjoyed your life in Korea.


32 Jong Min Park May 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Jenny… First of all, I’m just one of Korean who likes Baseball and I’m just faced with article about this happening. I really apologize to you and bass. As you know, That crazy mention is just one bad apple. Most of Korean doesn’t think so and I want to show a self-purification among the korean netizen. That’s why I wright this mention eventhough I cannot speak and write english well. So… take care and god bless you and bass. Bye!!


33 BJ.Seo May 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Certainly, trolling is not a decent thing. As one of the Eagle`s fans, I do apopogies behalf of the rudeness.

Just show your tolerance and try not to care about it, madam. They just love their team too much.


34 ch1kim1 May 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Dear Ms. Bass

Hello. I am a fan of LG Twins(do you know this team? it is one of korean baseball teams which is located in Seoul). I know it is not about my team and you seem that you do not want to talk about Korean baseball anymore , I would like to apologize for the rude acting of the Eagles fan.
After a press reported about the dreadful fan, most fans have become upset. You are quite right. The fan is A bad apple and obviously ruined your memory of korea.
I do not want you to change your thoughts, all I would love you to think is that millons of fans do not blame your husband, and we hope you and him best lucks.
Again, on behalf of baseball fans, really sorry.

PS. What a lovely blog :)


35 chan wook park May 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm

hey JinChun you are being awfully harsh and being moronic here. sure, I am huge LG’s fan and I know supporting a team that is mediocre at best for last several years can be tough and demoralizing.

ugh, I feel bad to say this at his wife’s blog, but yes Bass didn’t do well in Korea and as a Eagles and sports fan you can say some stupid things about teams or players that are not doing well. I mean, we all do that right? while watching games, or talking baseball with friends sometimes name calling and swearing are uttered and that is understandable and it is part of business. Jeter, Ichiro, Ryu Hyun Jin, Jang Sung ho…don’t matter. when they are not doing well you sometimes utter some stupid words out of frustraion and it is understandable.

But it is one another thing to say these harsh and moronic words to the player, or even worse, to player’s wife directly and that is what you are doing here. gosh, have some decency and be a nicer person and don’t ever fire these moronic words to other people that is so hurtful.

all I can say is I am so sorry Jenny. I know some stupid people can ruin the entire experience, but hope you enjoyed some of the ride in Korea and bring some of good memories back home.


36 SW Jung May 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Thank you for your gentle reaction on bad comment. No matter what happended that person should not have said like that way. I wish you don’t leave Korea with bad memories.


37 Kang Ahra May 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I’m a Korean who was raised in New Zealand, and live in NZ, I follow both Korean Baseball and MLB.
Just now, I was made aware of this rather embarrassing blog comment about Brian through online newspaper. Strictly speaking, Brian had not performed as Hanwha would have wanted Brian to perform, which is a shame for both parties. However, it certainly is not a valid reason to abuse verbally both Brian and you. I feel ashamed of this immature behaviour.

Just as you said, do not let one rotten apple ruin the whole bunch.
I hope this message will let you keep only the good memories you had whilst you were staying in Korea.

Best of luck for both yourself and Brian


38 park May 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I am korea university male student in daejeon who loves baseball and I am hanwha Eagles fan
I read internet news and I really apologize on behalf of somebody
all of Hanwha Eagles fan was not rude
I want send a message to baseballplayer Brian Bass
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for hanwha eagles”
I really want to wirte very well but I’m inexperience which write english sentence


39 joo May 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I’m see your blog to korea internet News
Umm he has wrong attitude,All of korean are not same like him
I’m sorry in place of he and i think you will calm oneself down
(PS. i can not using English will,But i wish you know I’m tell the truth.)


40 Wynton May 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I strongly agree with Sarah. It is ‘nonsense’ to criticize Brian here. I hope that you and your friends will not misunderstand most Korean and Eagles fans.


41 hanhwafan May 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Read the Internet article and all of a sudden surprised.
Me with the Hanhwa fan anger is born in the condition which is not the condition which is continued when being disappointed, is many.
But with abusive language together there is not will not be able to understand that person who writes the writing.
To substitute that person, is sorry.
All Hanhwa fans are not like that person are not bad but. Is long a Korean life but will have a good reminiscence and will leave.
To substitute that person once again, is sorry.


42 jsh 정 May 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

제가 영어를 할줄몰라 한글로 글 남깁니다
방금 신문에서 당신을 욕한 한화팬의 글과 당신이 남긴 블러그 글을 보면서 생각 많이했고 당신과 남편분이 상처를 덜 받기를 바라며 한국에는 욕하는 팬도있지만 응원하고 기억하며 어디서든 두분이 성공하길 바라는 사람도 있다는걸 기억해주었으면 하고 글을 남깁니다 어디있든 행복하세요


43 bath fan May 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

i’m korean. brian bath is good pitcher


44 Jay May 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

So sorry to read the comment that dumb left calling himself a Hanhwa fan.
There are some people who are full of hatred and insult others feeling the sense of inferiority complex…
As one of Hanhwa fans, I really want to apologize to you instead and hope you’ve had a wonderful time in Korea
Also, wish good luck to you and Bass wherever you are!


45 Ryan Kim May 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

sorry, Brian & jenny.. We don’t hate you..


46 gs04102 May 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I think you were very upset.But I think your husband did his best.I want to cheer your husband up.

I’m a Korean student.I can’t speak English well…..


47 Ian May 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Just feel sorry… No one likes losing game. No pitchers ruin his game on purpose,..Sure I know he would perform way better if he had more opportunity… Although I couldn’t be any representative of daejeon citizens, I respectfully appologize to you for what one stupid please-quit-being-Korean-apple had done here. Hope u and Brain not being hurt..


48 junhwa May 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I feel really bad for you jenny, please just don’t care about it jenny, i feel sorry


49 Jaeho May 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Hi, I am sorry about their some rude comment instead of most korean people. I think certain their are stupid people. I wish you & your family peace. Always be happy~!


50 채종승 May 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

i saw that something bad happens in u’re blog
so even my english is poor, i want say “sorry”
including me, lots of korean fans like him.
and then we’re thanks to u about introduce our country to u’re country.
i know if i say anything, u can’t erase let down that.
but we love u and u’re guy. thank u and sorry again


51 seo jung-won May 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I’m really sorry about that . i wish you leave korea with a good memory


52 JAE POONG PARK May 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Hello, I am Korean who like Korea Baseball. When I read your Blog-News(One Bad Apple), I am very sorry for you. I apologize for the stupid guy’s rudeness. Do not think about that stupids!! I am not a representative, but please accept my apologizes. Although you don’t have a good experience at the Korea, it will go well with you. Have a good time until you leave. God Bless You!!!!


53 Good luck May 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm

hi Jenny..
i’m Korean..
I do not speak English..
Instead Bad Commenter apologize
very very Sorry
Please leave good memories have
Good Luck
God Blass..
Good Bye….


54 Imnotwellinenglish May 22, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Oh, I’ve just read the article and feel sorry for some ugly, rude koreans. I’m Korean too, but I’ve seen tremendous ignoble ones so far in my life, here in Korea.

I think the point is not the koreans critisizing the sports player by means of rude insults. That kinds of shits are uncountable. The point is that you doesn’t shink from that shits, or from the critics but conceieve that as a affections to step up to a higier level.

I feeling that koreans not concerned about the higher life and great ideals, instead Being just look whealthy. I think they’re unfit to resposible citizens who lead the better human life, soceity, better world.

You and your husband worth your salt, I believe. Please be generous and be known there’re rare, really rare people who are not that kind.


55 jHan May 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I have read the reply and your comment on that reply. I am worrying about you and your disappointment on Korea. I do not know well about you and Brian. But, I am one of baseball fan in Korea and understand your husband’s situation. I want to believe that your husband tried to do his best for Korean Baseball team. If it is true, it is enough. I want for you not to be too depressive due to one of opinion from Korean people. Although my English is very much humble, I want you to know Korean people’s warm mind on you. Good bye Jenny and Brian. I wish your husband’s success in his baseball life.


56 JW May 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I just read an article in sport news regarding your “One Bad Apple”.
Contents of article is even ugly Eagles fan bombard rough words but your response was so gentle.
I’m not comfortable for using English but I can understand “One bad apple can ruin a bunch”
I’m really sorry and thanks for choose Eagles.

171 comment was added in article and all of comment saying
Sorry and good luck to you.


57 Seung-Ho, Kang May 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I`m sorry that I don`t speak English well, but I want apologize to you for his fault. He blamed your husband for Eagles`s loss. Frankly speaking, I like Eagles. So I wanted Brian to win the game. But he didn`t. Sometimes I was puzzled because his play was awful. But I think his play is not over. I pray Brian do good pitching, so he play winning game. Good luck, and Be HAPPY.


58 Jake Kim May 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I feel really sorry to you about the ‘One bad apple’
Cheer up, Don`t lose your confidence.
Just think It was unlucky…

I hope to Brian gonna get his best performance as soon as possible.
and keep his career for long time.

again, I`m really sorry.
Wish your family good luck & Happy:)


59 J.H Sung May 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Hi, maam…
First, I’m not have good english skill plz understand that
Some Korea Hanhwa Eagles fans up set your husband.
But it’s not real angly to your husband
Ah.. I’m Lotte Giants Old fan
Lotte was very weak team in last some years (2001~2007)
That time, Lotte fans are very angly to Lotte Gients front.
But it’s not really angry to team’s lost, just uh…
They were just frustrated.

What I saying to you… ma’am…
Ulmost korea Hanhwa Eagles fan is do not have feeling like
Mr.Jin Chun’s opinion

They are just frustrate to long time weak team

And I don’t think your husband is not negligence
Why? He is professional, not amature

Who think “I will lost today game” in proffesional Pitcher?

Although your husband is not show good play, but it’s not falut just your husband, It’s team’s falut, I think

Why I think so, they are team? right?

I really say to you all korean is not think like Mr.Jin Chun

Cheer up, ma’am!

And I’m so sorry some korean hurt your(and your husband) mind,

I’m apologize to that

Have a good time and God bless to your couple :D


60 1 May 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm



61 Park May 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I love Jenny! I miss you! -One Good Korean-


62 Sangwoo May 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I feel so sad because some people make your blog dirty through comments about your husband. I’m so sorry to you about some koreans’ blame about your husband and I hope that please don’t think too bad about our country. I heard that your husband is good player and he did well in other country. I fully understand his situation. It is common thing in baseball. And I think it’s just Korean baseball league isn’t suitable for him I believe that he can do better in other country. I hope you have a nice time in korea before leaving. Finally, I apologize to you once again as one of korean! Thx!


63 Hahn May 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Sorry, maam.
It’s some eagles fan.
Thas’s not entire fan mind.

Enjoy, rest of Korea time.
Good luck to you.


64 good May 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm

i feel sorry about this. I read an article about what’s going on in your blog. im not a fan of Hanhwa, even not of baseball. But most of most people don’t know this and don’t even think like the fxxker. it’s just sports and Brian was a good player in korea, though some people couldnt be satisfied with that. So, please let haters be haters. Haters are everywhere. but the most frustrated is that they are just loud because they are always angry looking for proper object. I hope you enjoyed your days in Daejeon.


65 Kim May 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm

You know? So many Koreans are now angry with that one rotten apple. I wish you know.


66 Kyle Lee May 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm

today I’m read an article about “one bad apple” in the NAVER.
I’m sorry for you.
I’m not hanhwa eagles fan and I didn’t know about your husband.
some of eagles fans may dislike your husband, but It’s not all of ours mind. ^^
Our baseball league also have many nice fans.
and I hope you got a good experiences when you staying in Korea.
thank you for read and have a nice day.


67 Youngsun May 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm

The blogger is the one of million or billion. I am shameful that I live here in Korea with him. Terrible… I visit here via an article in Korean portal site which criticizes bad manner of that.


68 Jo May 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I feel sad that someone wrote bad story.. I wish you and your husband would be happy.. I think your husband just unlucky in hanhwa eagles.

- Jo


69 moon May 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm



70 moon May 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I’m really sorry as a Korean.
Please have a good feeling good memories may go back to the United States.
Hanwha fan just as I’d like to apologize for Korea as a person.


71 Jin Chang May 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Truely, I feel bad for you. I am not a baseball fan nor I am not the person who follows all the news on baseball. I sometimes look at news feeds.
I am a total soccer fan, and I also gets mad at some players if they don’t play well like they should have. But it seems very wrong to say unmannerly things to players. They are also a human being who can play well at one point, but also can play bad at some other days.

What I am afraid of is that because of some people, you might view Korea negatively. Many other Korean people are very respectful and thoughtful on their behaviors.
I hope you met some good people who might showed you a positive Korea, instead pf negative Korea. I wish you had some awesome memories of Korea!


72 Byoung Ho Lim May 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I’m sorry about that strange thing..
And regrettable, that the attitude of the Korean.
I hope Bass and your happy!!
Translated by Google.


73 korean pan May 22, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I can’t english well T.T but I thank for you!!!!!!!! therefore sorry for you T.T


74 Junghyun Min May 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I am so sorry some scoundrels posted on your blog; please understand haters gon’ hate. I’m not a supporter of the Hanwha Eagles but I don’t think that’s the right way for fans to farewell a former player of a supporting team. I know, at least, and would like to inform whoever’s commenting that Mr. Bass has tried his best to adjust to a different environment not necessarily more superb than that of your home. Best wishes to you and your husband; fly safely!


75 arounme May 22, 2012 at 11:50 pm

hi, Jenny~! i’m the one who love korean baseball and mlb. it’s so sad to hear bad news and someone with terrible attitudes. i and we(korean who really loves baseball and sportsmanship) wanna apologize to you and ur husband, Brian deeply, sincerely, eternally~!!! it’s so grateful of you having kindness and generosity for all of things. i think Brian is so cool guy and have good potential. you know what, bad apple is just dropped and disappeared on the ground, therefore don’t abandon the other delicious apples. we wish you are happy with bass at your home :)


76 Hee su Chae May 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Hi,I’m Korean.First,I’m poor at English.Hope to understand,please.We apologize to you for this matter.That Korean is thoughtless.You don’t understand Korean language,but I speak Korean.본인 남편이 한국 프로야구 한화팀의 용병이였던 브라이언 배스인걸로 압니다.배스를 다시 한국팀에서 볼 수 있었으면 합니다.그리고 다른 나라에 가시더라도 부디 쾌투하시며 좋은 경기를 이어가셨으면 합니다.위의 제 영어작문실력이 매우 부족하여 한글로 할 말을 써봅니다.부디 한국에서의 좋은 여행 되세요^^


77 JJJK May 23, 2012 at 12:10 am

First of all, I’m so sorry that you got that awful comment. Just as an Eagles fan, I want to say something, As you know, each Korean baseball team is allowed to have only two foreign players and Brian was one of the two for Eagles. Of course, the team and the fans expected Brian to be a great addition to our team but unfortunately, Brian wasn’t. You said that you ignored ‘rude like we lost because of Brian’ but I don’t know why it is ‘rude’. Isn’t it true? Brian is a professional baseball player and I think he got high salary but he didn’t do very well. His record in Korea is horrible. Frankly, as a fan, I think Brian ruined Eagles’ whole season, not a single game because he was supposed to be a solid starting pitcher and people, including me, expected a lot from Brian. He disappointed us and you are saying that the fans’ complaint about his bad performance was just ‘rude’. For me, that sounds like Brian doesn’t take the responsibility for the team as a member of the team. Anyhow, he was a high salary player in the team. If Brian has the same idea and attitude as you, that would be really disappointing me and I regret that I expected him to be a good Eagle’s player. I’m so sorry about the comment again but your response is also little bit bitter. I just think that Brian(and his family) and Korea are strangers. God bless your future.


78 yunmin choi May 23, 2012 at 12:24 am

I saw the web news today talking about this. And I dont think the guy is a real ‘sports fan’. As being a Hanwha eagles fan, I really feel sorry for what he said to you and your husband. And I would like to tell you (which you might already know) that most of people disagrees to what he said. He should have atleast criticized him rather than blaming him for everything, and that’s how real fans would act. Once again, sorry and I wish him.a good luck for his next carrer!


79 Gun May 23, 2012 at 12:26 am

as I’m a Korean, plz don’t think all Koreans think that…
I hope you and Brian don’t mind it and hope Brian get success in Major League.
Cheer up and be happy :D


80 LJH May 23, 2012 at 12:26 am

I am so sorry about the bad comment that idiot left as eagles fan.
Please forget bad things in korea.
God bless you.


81 Jake May 23, 2012 at 12:28 am

hi it is the first comment I write on your blog, and I should say this blog is just amazing. I could feel your effort and warm heart toward the life in Korea.

Well first of all I feel really ashamed about what you call ‘a bad apple’ did and I can understand how u and your husband would get hurt.
However what I should say is there are always fanatic guys in every field at every moment all over the world, especially if it is for the baseball, the most popular sports in the nation. They sometimes lose their ration. Nevertheless, we normal and mentally healthy fans of Korean baseball, do not get affected by those bullies, and actually are thinking they are a shame for the nation. We are very embarassed because of the negative image you got on our nation which is not the real shape of it at all. And I want to apologize for what happened before instead of them who gave you hurt.


82 Park seong ho May 23, 2012 at 12:35 am

To tell you about the Koreans a rude wrote the apology as a Korean.
I’m not a fan of Bess dont know about.
But rude is a Korean man wrote that grew so ashamed.
Sorry, as a person in Korean.
Good luck their way to your home by ruckus.

I didn’t speak English well Translator was used.
Please understand that although it’s strange writings.


83 LEE May 23, 2012 at 1:13 am

I can’t find good word to say sorry to you. As the same Korean,I m really feel sorry to you and Brian. Please just thinking there are some loosers in any world. Hope you had got enough good memory in Korea.


84 mr. Jeong May 23, 2012 at 1:27 am

I feel really sorry for this issue since i am Korean.
There are always rude fans and people everywhere. I hope you don’t feel so bad about Korea because of that stupid fan.
Have a safe trip.


85 Jang May 23, 2012 at 1:39 am

Well, that was truly a bad apple. Please don’t misjudge the whole apples by that one bad apple, I hope.

That apple showed truly a bad attitude, no doubt.
I’m pretty sorry about your husband’s current situation (I mean baseball) in Korea.

But there’s one thing you and your husband should remember.
Korean baseball fans wanted to see your husband’s MORE hardworking attitude, not eat & run attitude. If your husband doesn’t do well on games, he should practice on field more and research other players through video more. But instead, he traveled Korea eating and enjoying. I think that made some Korean baseball fans become so mad.

Well, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not supporting that bad apple.
I just try to explain how things happened. I think we should act in reasonable way in any case. It’s a shame that we have that bad apple in this country.

I hope today’s bitter fruit will help him to become a great player. Who knows? Even though your husband got a bitter fruit today, he may be able to get a sweet fruit tomorrow. I hope you and your husband accept today’s bitter fruit as the process for that success even thought that bitter fruit is a rotten apple.

I hope you and your husband will have a safe trip to USA. And I hope you and your husband will come back to Korea with a great success and bright smile sometime in the future.


86 good bye May 23, 2012 at 2:16 am

how was your trip?
i don’t know whether bass are pro-player or tourist. he is worst baseball player to me…


87 true baseball fan May 23, 2012 at 2:36 am

It is so easy to point a finger to one scapegoat when things are going terrible in an organization. But I have to tell everyone, especially fans of Hanwha, visiting this page the very uncomfortable truth. Your team Hanwha sucks even without Brian!! Brian didn’t ruin your team. It is your other players and management who are very unprofessional. Of course Brian didn’t live up to fans’ expectation, but making him a scapegoat is so pathetic way to express your frustration toward your team. And if you are a true Hanwha fan, save your energy for cheering your team up. Don’t waste it here. It is not even Brian’s blog, it’s his wife’s.
I am a Korean and a big fan of professional baseball in Korea, and very sorry that some fans are so childish. Jenny, I wish both you and Brian good luck for your future in US. Brian wasn’t the best foreign player in Korea for sure, but we true fans believe that he tried his best and loved people here.


88 Hyun May 23, 2012 at 2:37 am

Jenny, I am a Korean guy and I feel sorry to hear that. I cannot but acknowledge that there are some bad apples. Indeed I’ve read about your post from a Korean newspaper article which criticizes those bad apples. Hope you can remember other good apples who support you and your hubby in their hearts. I wish you the best!


89 김성현 May 23, 2012 at 2:49 am

Dear Jenny, as a Korean, I’m sorry that there are some kind of madness online here in Korea too.
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Cheer yourself up, I will get my fingers crossed for your couple.

Best wishes,

Sunghyun from Seoul


90 BlueWind May 23, 2012 at 3:29 am

Aww. Jenny, don’t mind those few ignorant comments. Sadly, those kinds of comments are bound to show up in every blog.. Keyboard warriors, right? I certainly hope that this doesn’t affect your experience in Korea. As a baseball fan myself (KIA), I know that fans can get carried away – part of the game, I assume, but sometimes it can get out of hand. I enjoyed reading your blog and have a safe trip back!


91 Yangjin Kim May 23, 2012 at 4:19 am

Hi Jenny,
I came to know about his incident from a news article.

I feel really sorry about your experience with the guy.
I think your response to that childish message was quite gentle and matured one. If I were you, I would tell him the same thing “Fxxx….”

Anyway, I’d like to let you know that the news article also talks about the stupid message blaming the guy who left that message in your blog. And there are more than 300 responses which all starts with “what a stupid guy he is… ”

I wish I could translate some of them to make you feel a little bit better but I think I cant due to too much bad words toward that guy. :)

I hope you forget this kind of bad experience ASAP.

All the best.


92 James Eunjoon Lee May 23, 2012 at 4:19 am

Dear Jenny, I am sincerely sorry about what happen to your blog. I am not sure why the guy was so angry and furious about Brian’s pitch. I think Brian is wonderful baseball player with bad luck at this time. I even don’t understand why Eagles not giving him any chance to recover and adjust to Korean Baseball Series. Despite all these happen, you described life in Korea with wonderful review. I am thank you for your beautiful writing, especially ‘One bad apple’. I hope Brian can find a great team very soon. Again, I am sincerely apologies about what happened. Best Regards. -James


93 choi May 23, 2012 at 5:06 am

All I want to say is ‘ too bad ‘
Im not a hater but ‘nobody’ who has no interest in baseball game. I just saw an article saying what had happened on your blog and wondered what was going on. I just want to say that I feel so sorry that you have to leave and finish staying here like this wishing your last days in korea go fast. I understand how the eagles fan would feel and


94 choi May 23, 2012 at 5:20 am

you as well. too bad for both. you could have loved this country and been loved. am I being so negative? sorry but sadly your post says one bad apple ruin a bunch which makes me feel you are desperate to leave here and get back home blaming all koreans for this..


95 mahatmamauri May 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

As one of the Korean,I deeply apologize to you his nasty comment to hurt your feeling. As you said he is one bad apple, and ruined bunch of Korean . You might not be able to help having a bad memory of Korea. If you allow me to explain his nasty comment against you, it might come from overreaction against the treatment to Chan-Ho Park ,when he played at Texas.I believe there were many reasons to blame Park, but it broke the heart of lot of Korean. One of narrow minded stupid his fan tried to revenge in wrong way. Anyway I like to apologize you once more. Believe it or not ,I felt great sorry about 20ears ago,one of the Yankees’ fan (he was a small boy) snatched a ball that could be caught by Aloma(?) . Because of that Orioles couldn’t enjoy the fall festival.


96 Jin May 23, 2012 at 7:48 am

I can’t use english well.
So I can’t write long message, but I want to express sorry mind.
Korea sports news says your blog and one bad apple. And many people reply one bad apple man is very rude! no manners!
I say to you very very sorry instead of one bad apple. Please remember many good apples and kick out few bad apple!


97 Chilhwan May 23, 2012 at 8:52 am

Hi Jenny!(Mrs. Bass)
As one of korean and eagles fan, I wanna apolozige to you. ㅠ.ㅠ


98 sam May 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

I’m a big fan of Korean baseball. when i read an awful aricle about crazy guy, i feel really sorry instead of the guy. many people don’t think that guy
i hope you have a good memory to korea.


99 Su Park May 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

I totally understand your anger. I read the somebody left bed comment to here, it is absoutely wrong. However, Eagles fans were really anger after see your blog that Bass just takes a picture to attractions in Daejon, As you know, ur husband did not pitch very well, and outrighted to future’s league(Minor league in Korea). In this case, Bass did not effort very well to improve his pitching, instead he had tours somewhere in Korea, Who want to think positively to him in this case? Im really sorry say to you, many Korean baseball fans(It is not limited to Eagles Fan) are considering korean tourism ambassador him. Last year, Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz struggled his pitching suddenly, thus Orioles sent him to AAA Norfolk Tides. By the way, if Matusz didn’t pitch very well instead he just looked around Virgina Beach, Orioles Fans would angry to him like Hanwha Eagles fan. I understand again you really anger some offensive comments, and almost comments were rude. But your behaviors were not correct, either.


100 Dan May 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

Dear Jenny

I came accross a Korean article mentioning about your blog and found my way here.

As an Eagles fan I guess the high expectations we had for your husband was even a bigger let down.

However, I really feel bad about the unnecessary and harsh comments some fans have left on your blog.
(Also the terrible grammar..)

It may be too late but I hope you don’t get the wrong perception of Korean fans as being only rude and impolite.

Hope for the best in the future careers to come.

- Dan


101 sungho yoon May 23, 2012 at 11:12 am

대신하여 죄송합니다.


102 Young Soh May 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

HI Jenny, I understand your frustration and agree mostly with everything you say in your article. It is horrible and simply unfair that you must go through such undeserved criticism on your personal blog. Considering the case of Brian, however, here’s the rub-

In the professional world of baseball, players speak in terms of numbers – hitters in terms of BA, OPS, etc. and pitchers in terms of wins, ERA, and such. Brian, in whom the stingy Eagles unusually invested three hundred thousand dollars this season, was released after posting a record earned run average for a foreign pitcher at 48.60 in just two starts. Considering the fact that Salomon Torres held the previous record before Brian at an ERA of 20.25, Brian’s performance for the Eagles was pretty disastrous, and even more so considering his past career in the world’s most competitive league that is MLB. With all due respect to you and your blog, your husband should have tried harder. Professional players are berated by the fans when their records slump, Lee Seung Yup, arguably the most beloved ball player in the history of Korean baseball, was heavily criticized in his last years in Japan for his poor records, notwithstanding his efforts of volounteering for extra time practice in the batting cage. He was the earliest one out at the gym and the latest one to go home, and yet that is not what the fans care; the fans care about results and records. As it seems, Brian didn’t even do that. He was way too nonchalant, which doesn’t reflect positively on the die-hard Korean fans.

As for the Eagles fans’ rude and childish breach into your blog, I must apologize to you on behalf of them – as being a Korean before a baseball fan. Not all Koreans are like that! Once, someone told me that you shouldn’t mind garbage on the streets, not because you are incapable of throwing it out, but because it is dirty and fussing with it will not help you in any way or kind. However, I hope you understand that what happened to you is partly because of the Koreans’ unparalleled passion for the game. If they didn’t care, they would never even have given criticism in the first place. For someone who doesn’t speak or write proficient English, it takes some effort to actually log into your blog and jot down something as much as a rude comment. Working for the Nexen Heroes myself, I see many rude people, but for many of them that rudeness merely stems from their love for baseball. In 1986, when the former KIA Tigers lost to Samsung Lions in the Korean Series, the hot-headed Tigers fans lit the TIgers team bus on fire, resulting in a notorious scandal that we remember to this day. In response to the scandal, the KBO office contacted Bud Selig’s MLB commission office for advice, asking whether they should shut the season down. Bud replied by saying congratulations, and that with such zealous fans KBO is only bound to succeed. I think he was damn right!

Anyways, I wish good luck to you and Brian’s future. Love, eat, and run!


103 chungsoo May 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

I also have been a fan of Hanhwa eagles for a long time.

However I so embrrassed after I got the news article regarding to a indiscreet bastard.
I’m really sorry that one of baseball fan. And one of Korean.
I apologize it instead of someone who did ill-mannered thing in you blog.

I fully understand that you got a hurt in your mind so much , but hope that you would not lose good memories you’ve experienced in Korea after going back to your country.

I was so interested in your pictures & articles regarding to Korea as a Korean.

Though my English is poor, I couldn’t say my thought fully,
but hope that got bless you for you & Bass future~~


104 JongWon May 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm

As a fan of Hanwha Eagles living in Deajeon, I am so shameful. Please don’t take that childish comment in your mind.


105 twinsfen May 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

i’am korean
very embarrassed..ㅠ.ㅠ


106 IKE May 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I’m so sorry to hear that kind of rubish words. I want to apologize instead of them. When I look out your blog, I can see how many effort you spend to well known for worldwide about Korean things. But some real ignorant people gave…. One more time. I’m sorry..! Hope you have great time for the rest of in Korea.


107 Hokyoung May 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Hey…I don’t know you but… I just read this article on korean newspaper and came here to say that we feel terribly sorry about this. Some people just don’t know how to deal with their anger, especially this dude. Weird though…because usually daejoen people are not really crazy about baseball and this looks like something could happen in Busan instaed, if you know what I mean. Anyway, hope you don’t get too upset on this and best luck with you and your husband. Baseball never ends!!!!!!!


108 Hokyoung May 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Oh, I forgot. Let’s go ORIOLES!!!!!!!!!


109 Shawn Park May 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Dear Jenny and Brian,

To be honest, As a Korean, i really apologize for terrible situation before you are homin’. I can’t imagine how dare that fan goes around here like a punk. I just read an article from Korean newspaper and that person ruined me such as shame. shameful.

Look, frankly I’m not an Eagles fan therefore it can be interrupted but i knew it’s aweful. The fan gives you an ignorant behavior. Too pity.

In my view, Brian’s pitch didn’t adapt in Korean baseball yet. of course he needs much time but Eagles ain’t seems like to wait longer. as you known well the team has struggle, they need to breath a refresh atmosphere from brand new one and that’s it.

Even you are stands for a huge baseball fan, C’mon! you can’t framed him. Did you know how many former big leaguer has returend and doing great after leaving Korea? (I belive Brian does) I guess there was being unkown luck and surroundings between every single one of players.
In Brian’s case, No Times plus No Luck in here, That’s enough.

I just afraid that your last 3 or 4 months here in Korea will be lost in old memories. If I were you, i can’t recall the past.
As a baseball fan, as a Brian and your fan, thank you for being a KBO player. now it’s time to goodbye but i really wish you good luck in everywhere and god bless your family.

Please cut that apple only, one of bunch will be your side. STILL!

Best Regards and Respect.



110 Geenee May 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Bear up, bear up! Bear up, bear up!
Sorry I really am sorry~
l’m Lotte Giants baseball team fan!!
Don’t let it influence you!!
“be bitten by a mad dog”
This expression stems from an old Korean saying.
Try not to think about what he said
I hope you’ll be happy.
My name is Geenee ^^


111 korean May 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Mrs. Beth. On behalf of the Korean’m really sorry.


112 dontyouworrytoomuch May 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Hi Jenny. I’m Steve living in Los Angeles. I came across the news about this weird Korean guy who left a provoking message on your blog about your husband. I am Korean who moved to the USA several years ago. I just wanted to advise you not to feel too bad about his comments. There are many crazy fans out there. He was just one of them. What he commented about your husband does not represent what the other Hanhwa Eagles fans think. Anyways, I hope you have a safe trip back home!! BTW, you have a really really lovely blog!


113 xavier.han May 23, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Everyone can make a mistake or choice once or twice a life. This kind of fall down isn’t a big deal if someone did his(her) best. I can not so sure why people like Jin Chun won’t show someone generous support or capacious mind to them. Please, forgive our narrowness of some of Korean. Please, be smiling and keep in your mind most Korean doesn’t think like that. I hope you had a good flight.


114 jinhoon park May 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

I don’t know. Guys, not just because I am Korean, seriously? I really don’t get the point why are we talking about Brian’s career record and his pitching style, ERA whatever. This blog belongs to his wife. Common sense? Just because Jenny(I am afraid whether it is correct or not) is a wife of Brian, it doesn’t mean that she has to take all the blame for her husband, who is struggling to adopt himself in this horrible condition in Korea. Really? I don’t get why are we even debating about this on her blog. I hope you don’t have stereo-type about Asians (esp.Koreans). You know… some of them just don’t know how to put that two lips together :)


115 Kim May 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Please forget the bad apple.
I hope that you go back to your country with good memories in Korea.


116 kim May 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I’m Korean and LG TWINS fan..
I can’t english.. um… you are right~!
with all my heart I’m sorry..


117 Jake Chung May 30, 2012 at 1:10 am

Dear Jenny
as you knew that, you will understand the Korean mind and passion about the baseball. frankly speaking, I think Korena people of baseball fans are so much crazy about the baseball games.
moreover especially, the korean leagues consists of industrial supports and region also. both of spporting back grounds will be the basic fandamental to exist this league. that is to say, the each fans will be more
enthusiastic , that means they will not stand by the losing games from this league anymore.
as for the personal matters, the players from foreign countries will be more energetic and struggling for the gamse or not.
I think this is not your husband’s fault. please do not disappoint about the rude comment from a few people.
and get up early again and we hope you and youe family will take another chance. this is a part of process to be successful.
please be happy and have good time.


118 Lillukim May 30, 2012 at 6:23 am

I Like Bass !!!


119 Brandon July 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Dear Jenny and Bass,

Hi. I just read the article about you and Bass. Frankly, I am not Eagle’s fan, so I didn’t know who Bass was. But, as I read the article, I feel really bad and sorry for you. I am Korean and I study at U.S, and I can sympathize with you about the incident. Actually, in Korea, many celebrities and entertainers were insulted by offensive and harassing statements that people post online. Even at worst situation, such harassing and offensive posts make them suicide.
Just don’t care and ignore all the childish netizens posting bad stuffs. They are just childish netizens. I hope you and Bass have a good time. Let bygones be bygones.


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