FARGO — At least two Americans with Fargo ties were in attendance late Saturday night when a professional baseball game in Korea was aired live on ESPN. Well, at least their faces were.
Chris Murphy and Joe Froemming were surprised to see their cardboard cutout heads in the stands as part of a contest by the NC Dinos team in the Korea Baseball Organization. The two jokingly became fans of the club before the season and when the team had an online contest for Americans to submit photos to simulate fans in the stands behind home plate, they took part by sending their photos.
"Joe and I apparently made it," Murphy said.
Froemming is the design hub coordinator/manager for Forum Communications Company. Murphy was a sportswriter with The Forum for seven years and is currently a sports production specialist for Tribune Publishing in Chicago.
They were two of 20 who had their cardboard cutouts displayed. They also received a replica jersey for having their names drawn. One caveat to the contest rules: "NC Dinos holds no responsibility for damage caused by a foul ball."