Sydney Blue Sox complete ABL series win over Canberra Cavalry

Sydney Blue Sox closer Koo Dae-Sung drew a line in the sand, spat his dummy into the creek and got his marching orders from the game.

It had little effect on the outcome of the game though as the Blue Sox completed a 3-1 series win over the Canberra Cavalry with a 7-5 victory at Narrabundah Ballpark on Sunday night.

Sydney’s Koo Dae-Sung loses his cool before his ejection from the match.
Sydney’s Koo Dae-Sung loses his cool before his ejection from the match. Photo: Ben Southall/SMP Images

Koo is a baseball legend in Korea, having played Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and he became an instant fan favourite after his antics got him ejected in the eighth inning.

Frustrated after walking Cavalry third base Mitch Walding, Koo drew a line in the sand to show the home plate umpire where he thought the ball went.

He then threw the ball out of the ballpark and into the neighbouring creek, before gesturing to the umpire again as he left the field. Koo apologised to the umpire after the game. 

It brought back memories of then Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who also got ejected for drawing a line in the sand.


Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil didn't want to comment on the incident.

"I'm sure the league will deal with it in the next few days," he said after the game.

Cavalry manager Michael Collins was unsure if Koo would face any further disciplinary action.

"I guess he went and drew a line and that's just one thing you can't do," Collins said.

"Obviously he was frustrated and he's been around long enough to know that, I presume he knows that.

"I think the crowd enjoyed it though."

The Cavs started badly, giving up three runs in the opening frame, but cancelled that out immediately with an LB Dantzler double scoring two runs before a Christian Lopes sacrifice fly got Dantzler across the plate.

From there it became an arm wrestle, before the Blue Sox took control of the game scoring three runs in the seventh inning off Cavs reliever AJ Holland.

Canberra rallied in the eighth as Dantzler and Lopes again drove in runs, but the rally ended following Koo's antics – their hopes seemingly leaving the field with the Sox closer.

Cavalry outfielder Anthony Alford had the dubious honour of producing a "golden sombrero" – for getting struck out four times in a game.

The Cavalry travels to Sydney to face the Blue Sox for a four-game series starting on Thursday.


Sydney 300 100 300  – 7R 10H 1E

Canberra 300 000 020   – 5R 6H 2E

Canberra's best – 1B LB Dantzler (2-3 3RBI 1BB), 2B Christian Lopes (1-3 2RBI), P Gaby Hernandez (6.0I 6K 5H 4R 1HR 2BB).