The Samurai Japan team is showing steady improvement in preparation for the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which opens on March 8. The team won back-to-back games against Softbank in a send-off match at the end of February, giving them a boost heading into the tournament.
The team’s pitching and hitting abilities are among the best in history. The atmosphere is good, with Yu Darvish (36), the oldest and mainstay of the team, actively talking to the younger players. The team as a whole is improving, with Akinori Sasaki (21) pitching well in a send-off game, using a slider that Dar taught him how to grip directly.
This magazine has witnessed rare glimpses of the greatest nine players of all time outside the ballpark. Shohei Ohtani (28), the Major League MVP man, responded to an interview with a fresh look on his face in high school. Nowadays, he wears a rare rounded head and revealed his private life, saying, “Actually, I have a sweet tooth. Main gun Munetaka Murakami (23) found himself dining with acquaintances. Perhaps celebrating his 50th homerun, which would put him on par with Gojira Matsui, the party went on until 2:00 am.
Other people caught Masanao Yoshida (29) showing off his muscular muscles, and Tetsuto Yamada (30) at a party with beautiful women. Knowing these star players in all their go-getter glory should make the WBC even more enjoyable.
Yu Darvish (36), San Diego Padres
Akinori Sasaki (21), Chiba Lotte Marines
Hiroki Matsui (27), Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Tase (23), Yomiuri Giants
Hotaka Yamakawa (31), Saitama Seibu Lions
Takuya Kai (30), Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
Kensuke Kondo (29), Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
Tetsuto Yamada (30) Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Mr. Triple Three is
He was on top of his game in the night doubleheader!
Munetaka Murakami (23), Tokyo Yakult Swallows
On the night he hit 50 homers, tying Matsui
Gokai celebrated with acquaintances until late at night!
Masanao Yoshida (29) Boston Red Sox
Strong body trained by Murofushi-style training.
A little cannonball who surprised even the majors is challenging to be the best in the world.