At the 2006 WBC, South Korea flattened Japan.
The driving force behind this was Suzuki Ichiro’s ‘absurd remarks’.
At the time, Ichiro said before the game against Korea, “I want to win so that my opponent feels that he will not be able to touch Japan in the next 30 years.”
At this remark, the Korean media was furious, and the Korean players were even more energized.
It was the ‘tragedy’ of Japanese baseball sung by Ichiro’s sechi tongue.
17 years later, Shohei Ohtani of “Dual Sword” was asked a similar question.
However, Ohtani’s remarks were very cautious.
Ohtani said of Korea, “There are many amazing players. Even in Asia and globally, there are many great players from all generations, whether it be a hitter or a pitcher. I don’t know what kind of players are coming, but it is a country where top players from all generations come out. He is playing great baseball,” he praised Korea. 메이저사이트
It is a completely different statement from Ichiro. In response, Higashi Tokyo Sports said that unlike Ichiro, Ohtani did not provoke Korea.
Ohtani appeared as a starting pitcher in the opening game of the 2015 Premier12 tournament and the semifinals, silencing Korean batters.
Japan aims to win the WBC this time. It covered all the players active in the MLB, including Ohtani. After winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, he is showing a strong will to demonstrate the superiority of Japanese baseball to the world by winning the WBC.
Japan is expected to compete for the championship with the United States and the Dominican Republic.