On Saturday (8 August) at Yokohama Stadium, Japan captured the Olympic baseball gold award with a 2-0 triumph the Joined together States, a title the Games’ have nation had been desperate for.
Japan won the gold at Los Angeles in 1984 when baseball was still a show don, so Sunday’s Tokyo 2020 triumph is the primary official one. The closest Japan had already come was at Atlanta in 1996, where they won silver.
Ohtani was very much a part of that chase for gold until he cleared out for the majors in 2018. So he had to be excited to see his previous Samurai Japan teammates top the platform.
Ohtani likely had another reason to be happy: the manager of Japan, INABA Atsunori, was a partner his first two years in professional baseball with Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters.
He took over the national group three a long time after he resigned in 2014. As a player, Inaba, 49, was continuously one of the stick folks, not a hotshot whiz but unassuming, dependable, and reliable.
As captain, Inaba has had the same demeanor, putting the group, first, caring around his staff, caring around his players.
Saturday was no different.
“It’s fair great to see the folks so happy”, Inaba said. “They truly worked hard for this. It’s a huge stack off my shoulders. Atsunori hits the right note.
“Us winning gold permitted us to appear the world how good Japan is in baseball. I think we have a responsibility to help spread the game and I trust this accomplishment aids that.
“I’ve been saying for the last four years that our goal was to win a gold medal. I asked a parcel of players to take an interest in our program but the 24 who are here – I seem not to have a better and to produce a fantastic result like this with them is nothing short of wonderful”.
The game was really personal to Inaba, in spite of the fact that on the off chance that you didn’t specify it he might not. Atsunori hits the right note.
The last time baseball was a portion of the Olympic program was in Beijing in 2008. Where Japan misplaced to the U.S. within the bronze-medal game. Inaba was a portion of that group.
Quick forward 13 a long time. Inaba got his shot at recovery, and he seized it – with much more at stake for Japan this time.
Deep down interior, Inaba had to be over the moon by Saturday’s accomplishment the baseball-mad nation had as it were been able to be a tease with over the decades.
But there he was again, shielding the attention and thanking those around him when it ought to be Japan saying thanks to him as the country required this win in so many ways.
“Losing to them in Beijing was tough for me personally. But this wasn’t about getting back to Beijing. It was about winning the Tokyo Olympics. I’m just really glad we managed to achieve that”, Inaba said.
“To me, these Games are all about gratitude. We pay everyone back by winning and I like to think we’ve been able to do that. When (second baseman Ryosuke) Kikuchi put the medal around me, I felt the weight of it all.
“I was really happy to have the gold medal finally”.