Contest turns into ESPN appearance on Korean baseball game broadcast for two fans with Fargo ties

Joe Froemming, circled left, and Chris Murphy had their cardboard cutouts displayed in a Korea Baseball Organization game late Saturday night that was televised live on ESPN. Submitted photo

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."

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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