The Japanese national team, which was united as a ‘complete group’, gathered together and made a resolution ahead of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) sortie.
Ohtani Shohei (LA Angels) and Darvish Yu (San Diego) posted photos of the Japanese team having a dinner on their personal SNS on the night of the 5th.
On this day, Masataka Yoshida (Boston) first joined, and it seems that the team gathered after self-training centered on big leaguers.
Japan convened the national team from the 17th of last month, but the rest of the big leaguers except Darvish joined sequentially according to team circumstances.
Ohtani, the core of the Japanese national team, and Lars Nutba (St. Louis), who are of Japanese descent, joined the national team on the 3rd, including Daisei Makihara (Softbank) and Yoshida, who were selected as replacements for Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs), who left due to injury. A total of 30 people came together this year. 슈퍼벳 토토
Ohtani also encouraged cheering by saying, “Our fans, let’s do our best together.” In response, Nutba wrote ‘Kyodai (brother)’ in the comments and conveyed his firm determination.
Yoshida, who joined the national team last, said in an interview with Japanese reporters, “I’ve been preparing my body for the goal since the United States. I’m definitely ready to play.” said.
Coach Hideki Kuriyama, who leads the national team, said, “It would have been nice if the team had been completed earlier, but there was an unavoidable obstacle.”
Japan, which was placed in Group B along with Korea, China, the Czech Republic, and Australia in the WBC, will have official evaluation matches against the Hanshin Tigers on the 6th and the Orix Buffaloes on the 7th to prepare for the final round.