WBC Baseball Japan

Japan's Shohei Ohtani, participates a group photo session before an official training session prior to the Pool B game at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) at the Tokyo Dome Wednesday, March 8, 2023, in Tokyo.

TOKYO — Everyone in Japan seems to be a fan of Shohei Ohtani, and the buzz even extends to his teammates.

That includes St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lars Nootbaar — the first to play for Japan’s national team because of ancestry. His mother Kumi was born in Japan.

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