At the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which was held for the first time in six years, Korea had no choice but to accept a significant decline in international competitiveness. Following a 7-8 shock loss against Australia on the 9th in the first round of Group B held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, they suffered a crushing defeat against Japan 4-13 on the 10th. 

When Korean pitchers get hit by Japanese hitters, they do the same celebration on base. He repeated the motion of wringing out the laundry with both hands. Not only major league players such as Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels) and Lars Nutba (St. Louis Cardinals), but also Japanese players did the same.

In the position of complete defeat, the opponent’s ceremony feels rejected. In particular, the movements of the Japanese batters made me feel like ‘squeezing out’ or ‘grinding’ the opponent. The psychological blow was even greater as it was reminiscent of Kang Baek-ho’s absurd “ceremony out” in the game against Australia.

What the Japanese players showed was the ‘pepper grinder ceremony’. This is what Nutba’s St. Louis players do when they score points or hit a home run. The ceremony, proposed by St. Louis catcher Andrew Nizner, is known to contain the intention of changing at-bats (individual) for victory. I didn’t prepare for the Korean War, I did it from the evaluation match.  바카라사이트

Japanese players are known to hold this ceremony to welcome Japanese-American Nutba. Japanese reporters said, “The pepper grinder ceremony is the Japanese national team’s promise to unite together and passionately.” They did not stay vigilant until the end against Korea and showed overwhelming power. 

Considering that outfielder Lars Nutba, who participated in the national team as a member of St. Louis, also performed the same ceremony at the Hanshin match that day, it is expected that he spread the word to the Japanese national team. This seems to be a hot topic in the US as well. Some fans are running the ‘happy circuit’, saying, “Isn’t Ohtani, who will become a free agent after this season, going to St. Louis?”

Nutba, the starting point of the pepper grinder ceremony, hit 2 hits in 4 at-bats (1 RBI, 2 runs) in the game against Korea, and was also active in defense. He performed better than fellow Korean national team member and St. Louis Tommy Edman, who went 0-for-4 in at-bats. Japanese fans were enthusiastic about Nutba and hung up cheering phrases such as “Samurai born in America” in the stands at the Tokyo Dome.

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