Sadaharu Oh’s praise icing on cake for American samurai Lars Nootbaar

Being chosen to play for Japan has fulfilled certainly one of Lars Nootbaar’s childhood desires, however listening to of encouraging phrases from Corridor of Fame slugger Sadaharu Oh gave him chills on Saturday.

Earlier than Samurai Japan’s World Baseball Traditional opener in opposition to China on March 9 at Tokyo Dome, Oh praised the contributions of two Individuals to the WBC groups of their moms’ homelands — Nootbaar with Japan and Tommy Edman with South Korea.

“Nootbaar is producing, and due to that you just don’t hear a single particular person complain that he’s within the beginning lineup,” Oh had advised Kyodo Information after Nootbaar performed in two warmup video games. “I want them each the very best success.”

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