Our Last Day

by Jenny on May 21, 2012

We were originally told that we had to stay in South Korea for seven days after Brian was released in case he were to be claimed by another KBO team. However, after some discussion with his agent and the front office with the Eagles, we were informed that we could leave after 48 hours. Originally, we were going to stay so that I could run my race in Seoul next weekend, however, the more we thought about it, the more we just wanted to get HOME!

We ended up being lucky enough to get on a flight home tomorrow so today was our last day in Daejeon and we spent it finishing up the last of our packing, watching CSI and playing Rummy 500 – the usual! :)


We made one last trip to The Mill for lunch to end our time here on a good note.

Not only are their sandwiches, french toast and waffles amazing so is their chicken salad!

I also ordered a kiwi juice which was basically a kiwi smoothie made with fresh kiwi and ice – so good!!

After lunch we walked through Old Downtown for a final time, stopped to pick up some baked goods to bring home and headed home to finish cleaning out the apartment.


Our last meal in our apartment was the same as our first meal here together.

Pizza 2001!

We finally tried the sweet potato crust on our pizza which was stuffed int he crust along with extra cheese.

It made for a different, sweet taste to the pizza but was almost too filling at the end of each slice.

After dinner we both enjoyed desserts that we had been eying up for a while now from Sung Sim Dang, a local bakery, and never took the plunge on.

A chocolate mousse bear for me.

And a strawberry mousse dessert for Brian.

And with that…our time here in Daejeon, South Korea comes to a close. We have an early, early morning tomorrow so that means an early night tonight.

Home tomorrow!!!!!!!! :)

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 BasebassSuperFan May 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Before these good people leave Korea I would like to add a comment specifically addressed to all those folks who blasted Mr. Bass for his performance with the Eagles. I think all of you reading this blog should reflect on the following: The Eagles have played 36 games. If you blame Mr. Bass for his one bad game (he only pitched ONE games with the Eagles), what happened during the other 35 games? The Eagles are not even a 500-team under current management. Are you really saying all of that is Mr. Bass’ fault?


2 Jenny May 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Very well said…however, regardless of their losing record right now and our trip home we still wish them the best in the rest of their season.


3 Stella May 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm

True. The foolish people who blame for Brian and Mrs. Bass with all losing games of 36 plays are just suffering a brain sickness. But if Brian could have been performed with a good pitching might have caused starting pitching rotation operated smoothly . An accumulation of fatigue to starting pitchers and bullpens would not be appeared to fill up B’s position. The front office would not have to find another pitcher.if you are a MLB fan you probably realize yourself the importance of starting pitchers’ roatation, and care of bull pen during season, therefore, it is not Brian’s a 100 percent fault of losing games but it is true that his unfortunate pitching affected in his ex-team, ex-colleagues, and ex-fans negatively. Well, I guess this is enough and I do not want the fools say bad words to this lovable couple or blaming Eagles either. Let’s give them a warm hug and wish them a better career in future.


4 ****ingBass May 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

You really are a fool to be a baseball fan. Bass is to blame to just pitched ONE game with Hanwha. He is not just a player, but one of two foreign player of the team. See how well other foreign pitchers pitched, Dustin Nippert, Scott Proctor, Shane Youman, Benjamin Jukich, Mitch Talbot, Andy Van Hekken, …. He is not only to blame for ONE game, but also to blame other games he should have pitched and won.


5 BaseballSuperFan May 23, 2012 at 11:03 am

Hmmmm! An interesting perspective. Now you’re calling me a fool and I didn’t even pitch. Be honest, do you ever engage your brain before putting your mouth in gear. Why don’t you give as examples of all the pitchers in the entire world. Or ask yourself, just how many of those pitchers were ill. As for all the games he didn’t pitch – ask those other pitchers why they didn’t pitch better.


6 F***ingBass May 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm

You are really a fool, not knowing the importance of foreign pitcher in Korean Baseball League. The League limits only 2 foreign players for the team, usually pitchers, and those foriegn pitchers earn way higher salary compared to normal players of the team! It should be a shame and disater for Hanwha Eagles that Mr.Bass pitched so f***ing terrible and wasted the chance to contract other foreign player who can pitch well like other foreign pitcher I exampled. Engage your brain before putting your mouth on gear! That is what I want to tell you.


7 Stella May 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Good bye. Hope you and Brian have a safe trip back to your hometown. As an Eagles fan, I really hope Brian could show a better pitching performance in future and bring up his career.


8 Jenny May 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Thank you.


9 Go back to USA! May 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I think your husband will be the most awful player in Korea.


10 Jenny May 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Thanks for the support!


11 Jenny May 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm

It was nice of you to apologize for your rude comments before and then post more after the fact. IP addresses and emails tell wonders on blog comments. Very, very sincere of you.


12 Holly May 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm

While I’ve definitely continued reading your blog in Korea, I’m excited for you all to be back in our great city of BMore!


13 Jeremy May 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Well, well, well… it seems there are more than just a few bad apples out there. I guess it just goes to show, ignorance truly is bliss. Take comfort in knowing that for these bad apples, this is as good as their life will probably get – so kudos to them – and actually, maybe we should be thanking them… If it weren’t for people like this, we wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate all the good out there. It’s really a shame that you have to leave Korea with a bitter taste in your mouth, but knowing how strong and classy you and Brian are and have remained throughout this entire journey, I know you’ll hold on to and treasure the positives, rather than waste energy on the negatives. I would have thought people would be more appreciative of the fact that you took this opportunity to immerse yourself in the Korean culture and experience all that their country has to offer, I was wrong apparently… So come on home to the people who love, support, and respect you!! What is it that Dr. Seuss said… “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind!” Cross this one off in the books – and good riddance in my opinion!


14 Shawn Lim May 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Hey Jeremy..There are bad apples everywhere man don’t talk like you don’t have them in US. Then I should have said that all Americans are robber because I had been robbed twice less than 2years and never been robbed 24years in Korea. ya man everybody feel sorry what happened to Jenny after her post had released in most famous website in Korea. everybody blame that rotten apple. We can all get rid of those bad apples before they ruins others. but it seems to me you guys let them go bad together and trying to put all of them in the garbage can.


15 Aunt Glo May 21, 2012 at 11:51 pm

There no place like home click your heels 3 times and you will be HOME.


16 John P May 22, 2012 at 4:06 am

I’m sorry to find out that Brian was released from Hanhwa. I was little puzzled and thought that he will do well in KBO knowing that he was good enough to pitch in ML. I followed him from the spring training to his first start as an Eagle and somehow felt he just didn’t look quite comfortable being out on the mound. Was it the new environment, culture or disappointment of some sort? Just curious.

A Korean-American baseball fan from SoCal. Wishing you guys the successful future.

P.S. I know you heard millions of times but please do not pay attention to some of the idiotic comments that were made by fake Eagles fans.


17 John P May 22, 2012 at 4:23 am

Btw, I really enjoyed reading your blog, especially the experience of Korea from a foreigner’s perspective. (hotels, restaurants, trains, etc). I’ll be definitely missing them.



18 BaseballSuperFan May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

John P,

I wasn’t that he was uncomfortable – he was sick. He had to go to the hospital twice after the season started. After his one attempt to get back to pitching, he was sent down to the minors. He was never given a chance. While he was in the Minors he did very well. He even pitched a complete game with a win.

The GM of the Eagles insisted that Mr. Bass be brought back up to pitch for the big league team. The manager refused. It appears there was some kind of personal problem the manager had with Mr. Bass.

I can only say this – this incident causes a shadow to cover the Eagles. The player was doing his best and the manager didn’t want him – regardless of how he pitched. The Eagles have made a mistake. Professional baseball does not need management such as this.


19 Samuel D. H May 22, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Thank you for your hard efforts to “survive” in Korea. I deeply understand the meaning of “survive” because I’m doing that as an international student in the US. You did great job to understand the strange circumstance and adjust yourselves to it. I most of all appreciate it. You did not fail because you did your best. Your couple always showed your patience and generosity to Korean people. I have been a Eages fan for twenty-seven years regardless of their records. In the same way, I have blessed Brian regardless of your results. You probably know Chanho Park, a pitcher in Eagles team who also experienced a terrible failure at Texas team.His journey in the US was never easygoing. He was castigated by his fans so much. However, he after all overcame all of them and came back to Korea as a legend. Please don’t think that you failed. You just experienced another phase of your life. You just finished writing only a single page of your diary. Thank you for your stay in Korea and being patient to wicked responses of some fanatic “so-called” fans. Blessings on your family and your next journey. Cheer up. I will pray for your safe trip to your home, Baltimore where I have been several times.


20 John K. May 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

Have a good trip.
Everything is not perpect but what can I say, but I hope you had a good time in Korea and when you have chance please come back again.
There are a lot of fans love you to see again and we will miss you.
Yes, one bad apple but there are 99 good apples in here.
I feel sorry to hear that but please remember the good memory.
Love you guys!!!


21 S.J. May 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I’m a big fan of Hanwha,

i read a article about comment of this blog.
the one thing that you ignored is

Brian Bass and your attitude during play in hanhwa.
when he come to hanhwa, he said i’m slow starter blah blah ..
and his first pitching in KBO was terrible and then he going to minor

normally a player who going to minor try his best for going back to
major… but how about Brian and you ?

everyday update about restaurant like a gourmet

we criticize about that attitude!!

if you well know about baseball and baseball clue(THE TEAM)
you should not update about that !

plz think stand in hanwha fanside ..


22 BaseballSuperFan May 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

Not really sure what you’re trying to say. Since you don’t know Mr. Bass I don’t think you can accurately comment about his attitude. He wanted to play really bad. After all, he had a contract to fulfill and he loves baseball.

It is obvious you don’t understand pitchers. It takes a long time to get ready for a season. Mr. Bass reported to spring training more than a month late – not his fault. Eagles signed him late. If you have enough prep time you can be ready for the season to start. If not, then you will be a slow starter. Next time do a little research before you comment.

Since it is obvious you don’t know about his performance in the Minors let me say he pitched very well and his only thought was to get back to the Eagles. If you think he wasn’t working very hard then you don’t know what you’re talking about.

The updates you are speaking of were placed on this blog to show how much this couple was enjoying your country. So, put your negativism aside and think of the loss the Eagles and your country have had because the Eagles’ manager couldn’t give Mr. Bass a second shot. Of course you probably think people don’t deserve a second chance.


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