Murakami Munetaka (23, Yakult) exploded again. Japan’s best gun, suffering from extreme sluggishness, brought the team to the finals and turned the flow of the game at once.
On the 22nd (Korean time), in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) final against Japan held at Rondipo Park in Miami, Florida, USA, Murakami started as the 5th batter and third baseman, and Merrill Kelly (Arizona ) hit a home run to tie the lead.
The hero of the semifinals exploded again. Murakami, who had been sluggish with a batting average of 0.235 (4 hits in 17 at-bats) until the quarterfinals, announced a complete comeback by hitting a home run on the same day following the semifinal against Mexico on the 21st.
Trey Turner’s solo home run in the top of the 2nd inning started uneasy, but Murakami’s one shot awakened the spirit of Samurai Japan. Kelly’s 92 mph (148 km) first fastball hit the ball, and the tie jumped over the right fence.
The day before, he also struck out three, but in the ninth inning, he stood at bat on 1st and 2nd base. Murakami’s self-confidence hit rock bottom to the point of saying, “I even thought of a sacrifice bunt,” but coach Kuriyama ordered a strong attack, and in the end, Murakami lived up to his belief with two RBIs and timely hits.
It resembles Lee Seung-yeop, coach of the Doosan Bears at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, to the extent of recalling the parallel theory. He was the best hitter in Korea and was placed in the center of the batting line throughout the tournament. Criticism toward coach Kim Kyung-moon at the time grew day by day온라인카지노, but the command tower’s ‘baseball of faith’ eventually bore fruit in the semifinals.
Meeting Japan in an important game where a win could at least secure a silver medal, coach Lee Seung-yeop shed tears after hitting a home run that gave Korea victory in the 8th inning. It is because the pride of being able to shake off the burden of the past and the feeling of sorry for the director and colleagues all at once burst out.
Afterwards, Lee Seung-yeop, who gained wings, hit a home run in the early stages of the match against Cuba in the final, eventually leading Korea to a 9-game victory.
He is similar to Murakami, who recorded the most home runs in a single season by a Japanese with 56 home runs last year. Contrary to expectations, Murakami performed sluggishly throughout the tournament, but gave the team a victory in the semifinals, where the team needed it most, and started a home run from the second inning to help the team. Japan took advantage of the momentum and succeeded in reversing by scoring one more point.
Can Murakami complete the parallel theory with coach Seung-yeop Lee by lifting the championship trophy with coach Seung-yeop Lee at the 2008 Beijing Olympics?