“Inside fastball of the first pitch” Czech pitcher who faced Ohtani in Korea dreams of a rematch in 11 years
Lucas Ercoli, a public relations and marketing manager for the Czech Baseball Association and a pitcher for the WBC (World Baseball Classic) national team, had a unique experience dealing with Shohei Otani (Angels), a promising pitcher in Japan and in Korea. is the owner of
Ercoli came to Korea as a pitcher for the Czech national team at the 25th World Youth Baseball Championship under 18 held in Seoul in 2012. In addition to Ercoli, the Czech WBC national team players who visited Korea at the time included Martin Muzik and Jan Novak.
At the time of 2012, the Czech Republic finished the tournament in last place among 12 countries, losing all five group stage matches and the standings match. In the match against Japan, he suffered a 0-7, 5th rain cold game defeat. Ercoli started against Japan and lost with 3 runs in 2 innings.
Ercoli still remembered the Ohtani he met at that time. On the 2nd (Korean time), MLB.com shed light on the relationship 11 years ago in a special article on the challenge of the Czech national team players. While most of the Czech wrestlers picked Ohtani as a player they would like to face in the WBC, Ercoli, who had already met Ohtani, had much to say.스포츠토토
According to WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation) records, he gave Ohtani a walk and an RBI in the game against Japan held at Jamsil Stadium. In an interview with MLB.com, Ercoli remembers it as a walk and a double.
Ercoli, who dreams of a rematch, said, “Even if it’s a home run, I’ll throw a fastball to the inside first and see the reaction.” You’ll see it. Even if that doesn’t work, there’s no other option.”
‘Czech Ohtani’ Martin Schneider, who is both pitcher and shortstop in the Czech league, is also imagining a match against Ohtani. “I think Ohtani is ‘just a little’ better than me,” he said, unable to hold back a laugh, with a look that said it was nonsense even if he thought about it. Ohtani was also a ‘player’s player’ in the Czech Republic.