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Rise of the Robot Fan

Take a look at the new mechanics of cheering.

The newest solution to a lackluster baseball team with even worse fan support? Robots.

The Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean baseball team perpetually at the bottom of the standings (finishing last in 2013, winning 42 out of 128 games), have introduced their creepy innovative answer to a stagnant home field atmosphere: a section of robots that's replaced unused spectator seating. Fans can now virtually log in and cheer for their team using the mechanical surrogates. 

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The robots' faces act as screens, projecting homebound fans' faces toward their favorite players. Because, as the sad inspiring video announcing the promotion says, “most importantly, the fan and the Fanbot made victory together.”

There’s been no word yet on whether the Tampa Bay Devil Rays have inquired about the new technology. 


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