The WBC kicks off tomorrow… Interest is, of course, the Korea-Japan match

It’s a global baseball festival featuring the best players.

The World Baseball Classic kicks off tomorrow.

Our national team, which won runner-up in 2009, is also challenging to advance to the semifinals for the first time in 14 years.

Are you particularly interested in the Korea-Japan match on Friday?

Japan, with the ‘baseball genius’ Ohtani at the forefront, is also not hiding its expectations for the Korea-Japan match.

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Ohtani, a hitter and pitcher for the Japanese national team.

He is one of the biggest stars of this WBC competition.

As if to realize its popularity, 30,000 won spectators gathered for yesterday’s practice game.

And Ohtani didn’t disappoint him.

He got down on one knee and hit a three-run home run that went over the middle fence, and then hit another five-run home run in the following at-bat.

Team USA captain Trout also praised the skills of his teammate Ohtani.

[Trout/WBC USA Team Captain]
“He hit a home run around 2 am (American time), right? I don’t think Ohtani could do that much. Both Japan and the US are excellent players, so it would be fun to play head-to-head.”

In this tournament, 20 countries will be divided into 4 groups, and the top 2 in each group will advance to the quarterfinals, followed by the semifinals and finals in the United States.

Among the 600 participating players, 186 are active major leaguers.

As the best stars are all out, each game is predicted to be a great match, but the best interest is the Korea-Japan match.

The official website of Major League Baseball also selected the 2009 Korea-Japan final as the best WBC match ever.

In addition, Lee Jung-hoo and Sasaki’s head-to-head match was selected as one of the most anticipated ‘dream matchups’.

Lee Jung-hoo is the pride of Korean baseball, which is about to advance to the United States next year, and Sasaki is the future of Japanese baseball, which achieved a perfect game with a 160 km/h light speed ball.

The host country, Japan, is also looking forward to the Korea-Japan match that will take place on Friday.

At the press conference of our national team, which had their last practice game today, strange questions from the Japanese media targeting the Korea-Japan match were already pouring in.

[Lee Kang-cheol/WBC national team coach]
(How did you see Ohtani’s home run yesterday?)
“I saw the home run as a home run.”
(I know that there is no artificial turf field in Korea, but how are you responding to artificial turf?)
“We have artificial turf at Gocheok Dome.

Starting with the opening match between Cuba and the Netherlands tomorrow, the tournament will kick off two weeks of intense competition.

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