Lars Nuthba (St. Louis Cardinals outfielder), who was on the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Japan team, was moved by his colleagues’ surprise event.
The WBC has eligibility rules that allow players to represent their parents’ nationality as well as their current nationality. Nutba, who has a Japanese mother, wore a Samurai Japan uniform.
According to the Japanese sports media ‘Daily Sports’ report on the 4th, Nutba first met with his teammates ahead of a practice match against Chunichi Dragons held at the Vantelin Dome in Nagoya, Japan on the 3rd. The Japanese national team players, including Shohei Otani (LA Angels), welcomed the new member of the family wearing T-shirts bearing the nickname “Tatsu-chan,” after Nutba’s middle name (Tatsuji).
In response, Nutba said, “I was very nervous and had a language barrier when I first joined the national team, but seeing the players wearing T-shirts with ‘Datsu-chan’ engraved on them made me feel at ease.”
He trained with Ohtani at the indoor training ground. After watching Ohtani’s swing, he praised him as “a really great, amazing swing.” 먹튀검증
Nuthba’s current condition is good. He said, “My physical condition is close to 100%. Since I was 10 years old, it was my dream to be selected for the Japanese national team. It will be remembered as the best moment in my baseball life.”
The media said, “Nutba, who has achieved the goal he has dreamed of since childhood, will surely achieve the goal of recapturing the world’s No. 1 with the members of Samurai Japan.”