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2006/03/21

超人のTVスポーツ観戦 WBC 決勝戦 日本VSキューバ

  世界地域別対抗戦ワールト・ベースボール・クラシック(WBC)の決勝戦で日本はキューバを10-6で破って優勝、世界一、初代の王者に。テレビで野球観戦はこのところなかった事で久しぶりの興奮、感動でした。午前11時前からテレビに釘付け、果たしてどうかな、勝てるかなと思いながらハラハラドキドキしながらつい4時頃まで観てしまいました。Oh Japanの日本チームは、1回に一死満塁で押し出し、デッドボール、2点タイムリーヒットなどで一挙4点が入り、8回にはキューバ打線の連打を浴びて1点差に迫られるも9回、またもやイチローのヒット、代打福留選手(準決勝で代打でいきなりホームランの大活躍その後の日本チームに弾みをつけた)の活躍などで加点し、メジャーリーガー・大塚投手の好救援もあって栄えある優勝を果たしました。プレッシャーなのか内野のミスが目立って、実際手に汗を握る場面が何度かありましたが。テレビで野球観戦も力が入ったりして疲れますが、王監督率いる日本チームはよくやりました。本当におめでとうと言いたいな。今日の日本での野球での盛り上がりは最高かもね。5時、6時台の各局のテレビは、このWBCでの日本の優勝をこれでもかこれでもかと放映していましたもの。今大会はメジャーリーガーがいる強豪ドミニカなどと組まないようなアメリカ有利のシステム、ピッチャーの投球数(95球)、報酬の問題でメジャーの審判員を登用することが出来ず、"ディビット損"みたいな誤審する審判などいろいろと課題も多いみたい。まぁ、第一回目のWBC、これからですよ。それにしても松井秀樹ではなくイチロー、かくも熱く燃えていましたね。その発言に米語風のにほんごを多用しながら。SAMURAI-。
王監督もめずらしく熱かったです。諸君はすばらしい。今日は思い切ってやろうぜと世界一の美酒を浴びるセレモニーの挨拶での言葉が筆者としては印象的でした。

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日本、WBC初代王者に…決勝でキューバ破る

WBC優勝を決め、胴上げで宙に舞う王監督=中嶋基樹撮影
 
 【サンディエゴ(米カリフォルニア州)=小石川弘幸】野球の国・地域別対抗戦「ワールド・ベースボール・クラシック(WBC)」は20日(日本時間21日)、決勝が行われ、日本は10―6でキューバを破り、初代王者に輝いた。

 日本は一回に押し出しと今江(ロッテ)の適時打で4点先制。八回に1点差とされたが、大塚(レンジャーズ)が好救援。九回に追加点を挙げて、世界の頂点に立った。

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 【一回表】日本は一死満塁から多村(横浜)の押し出し死球で1点を先制すると、二死後、小笠原(日本ハム)の押し出し四球で2点目。さらに今江(ロッテ)が中前へ2点適時打を放ち、一挙4点を先行した。

 【一回裏】キューバは、日本先発の松坂(西武)から、先頭のパレが本塁打を放って1点を返した。

 【五回表】日本は先頭イチロー(マリナーズ)の左翼線への二塁打を皮切りに、松中(ソフトバンク)、多村の3連打で1点。さらに一死二、三塁から小笠原の犠飛で加点した。

 【五回裏】日本は松坂から2番手の渡辺俊(ロッテ)へ。松坂は四回まで毎回安打を許しながらも、初回の1点に抑えた。

 【六回裏】キューバは一死一塁から3連続短長打で2得点。一死一、三塁と日本の渡辺俊を攻めたが併殺で加点ならず。

 【八回裏】キューバは一死一塁からセペダが左越えへ2ランを放ち、1点差に迫った。

 【九回表】日本はイチローの適時打、代打・福留(中日)の2点適時打などで4点を挙げた。

 【九回裏】日本は八回途中から救援した大塚(レンジャーズ)の力投で逃げ切った。

 【日本の決勝までの足どり】

 ▽1次リーグ

 ○18-2中国(8回コールド)

 ○14-3台湾(7回コールド)

 ●2-3韓国

 ▽2次リーグ

 ●3-4X米国(9回サヨナラ)

 ○6-1メキシコ

 ●1-2韓国

 ▽準決勝

 ○6-0韓国
(読売新聞) - 3月21日16時6分更新

■本日のWBCのホームぺージの記事。
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2006年3月21日 17:46:00


Team Japan celebrates with the World Baseball Classic trophy. (Chris Carlson/AP)Japan crowned Classic's first champ
Starter Matsuzaka claims tournament's MVP award
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com


• Get Japan championship gear
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SAN DIEGO -- Baseball fans around the globe have long been clamoring for an authentic world champion. Finally they have one.

Japan is the winner of the inaugural World Baseball Classic. And now, baseball is not only spoken here, it is spoken everywhere.

The Japanese put the crowning touch on the 17-day tournament that was played in Tokyo, Arizona, Florida, Puerto Rico and Southern California with the climax coming on Monday night at PETCO Park.

Final score: Japan 10, Cuba 6.

The tournament captured the fancy and frenzy of fans everywhere, particularly in the Caribbean and Asian nations, whose teams made it to the final games. And Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was named the MVP.

"The intensity in the stands as well as the intensity on the playing field was absolutely remarkable, and I'm not sure that going into it you could have felt that," Commissioner Bud Selig said about the legacy of the Classic, the first international baseball tournament to include Major League players. "I'm very confident that this will be the platform that we use to take this sport internationally to the dimension that I want to take it and believe that we will."

Selig was right on the mark. The game Monday drew 42,696 and the three sellout crowds in San Diego -- for the semifinal games and the final -- brought the 39-game tournament total to 737,112.

Monday's game was the biggest in Japanese baseball history, and the first time they vanquished Cuba when all the marbles were on the line.

A big reason for Japan's victory was Matsuzaka, who after shutting down the Cubans for four innings on Monday, finished the tournament 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA -- two earned runs in 13 innings pitched.


Cooperstown Bound
A host of items celebrating the first World Baseball Classic, won by Japan, will now enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Item Role in finals
Spikes Worn by manager Sadaharu Oh
Team Japan jersey Worn by MVP Daisuke Matsuzaka
Baseball cap Worn by slugger Nobuhiko Matsunaka
Batting helmet Worn by Ichiro Suzuki
Warm-up jacket Worn by pitcher Koji Uehara
Heretofore, Japan had lost the gold-medal game to Cuba in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics and dropped a semifinal contest to the Cubans four years later in Australia. In Athens, though the two teams didn't face in the medal round, Japan beat Cuba during pool play, and Matsuzaka pitched into the ninth inning and earned the win.

"When I was told two days ago by the manager that I would be starting the final game, it really fired me up," Matsuzaka said. "This was the first time for me to face the Cubans since the Athens Olympics. They always have these intimidating hitters, but I wasn't scared to pitch against them."

The Japanese have a silver and two bronze baseball Olympic medals. And Monday night, they finally walked away with the gold.

With legends Sadaharu Oh managing the team and Ichiro Suzuki in right field, the Japanese finished 5-3 in the tournament, defeating archrivals Korea and Cuba during the past three days.

During both games, Ichiro was dropped to third in the lineup, and he finished the tournament hitting .364 (12-for-33) with hits in each of Japan's eight games.

Asked if he had turned it up a notch in San Diego, Ichiro said: "It was probably not a good thing for me to think, but I didn't care if I got injured. That's how much I wanted to win the championship."

The tournament wasn't without some grief for the Japanese. Japan lost to the U.S. in the opening game of the second round when plate umpire Bob Davidson negated what would've been its fourth run when he called Tsuyoshi Nishioka out for not tagging up on a sacrifice fly, overturning a call made by his colleague, second base umpire Brian Knight. But the Americans were later eliminated by Mexico, and Japan survived a tiebreaker to make it into the final games, where its starting pitching was flawless.

On Saturday, Koji Uehara held Korea on three hits for seven innings as Japan defeated the Koreans, 6-0. On Monday, Matsuzaka whiffed five, allowed only four hits and a single run, which came on Eduardo Paret's homer to lead off the bottom of the first inning.

At that juncture, the Japanese were already leading, 4-0.

"We had the lead, and I knew we had other pitchers to come behind me," Matsuzaka said. "So I wanted to throw my hardest on every pitch."

The Japanese scored four times in the top of the first against three Cuban hurlers and hit only one ball out of the infield -- Toshiaki Iame's dribbler of a single up the middle that scored a pair of runs.

In all fairness, Cuba had used two of its best pitchers to defeat the Dominican Republic, 3-1, on Saturday -- Yadel Marti and Pedro Lazo. Ormani Romero started against the Japanese, lasting four batters and 23 pitches.

But the Cubans refused to go down quietly, despite trailing by as much as five runs, 6-1, going into the bottom of the sixth inning and 10-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

The Japanese committed three late errors and Frederich Cepeda hit a two-run, eighth-inning homer to pull the Cubans within one, 6-5. For a moment it looked like a thriller, but the Japanese ended the drama by batting around and scoring four runs in the top of the ninth to tie up the first Classic with a neat little ribbon, as Akinori Otsuka pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to earn the save.

For the Japanese, there was a moment of instant elation, and then a moment of recognition that the run of this particular team was already over. But that moment will last long in the heart of every Japanese baseball fan, said Oh, who may have topped his all-world leading 868 homers as a player with this single win as a manager.

"The fans have been supporting us so much," Oh said. "That's why we were able to accomplish this. So we'd like to share this great moment with all them back home, and those who were here."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com.

■The New York Times の2006年3月21日の記事。

Japan 10, Cuba 6
Japan, and Its Fans, Embrace New Title of World Champion
Chang W. Lee/The New York TimesSadaharu Oh, Japan's manager, was thrown into the air by his players after their victory in the first World Baseball Classic.

By JACK CURRY
Published: March 21, 2006
SAN DIEGO, March 20 — The white flags with the solitary red circles were scattered around Petco Park, growing more and more prominent with each inning. Every time Japan scored another run or made another slick play Monday night, the fans raised those cherished flags, shook them and waved them. Then they waited.

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Japan defeated Cuba, 10-6, in the first World Baseball Classic championship in San Diego.
Could this drama really become a dream come true? Could Japan really be the class of the World Baseball Classic? The fluttering flags offered the answer. They almost never stopped flying, the Japanese almost never stopped repelling Cuba during a 10-6 victory, and they snatched the championship of this inaugural event.

So Japan, which qualified for the semifinals only after the United States was surprisingly eliminated with a loss to Mexico, ended Cuba's refreshing ride through the tournament. The Cubans were almost not allowed to compete, but they were given permission, and the mysterious men in red performed admirably against some teams loaded with major league players.

But the Cubans could not solve Daisuke Matsuzaka, who stifled them on one run over four innings, and they could not overcome Japan. Matsuzaka, who throws a 94-mile-an-hour fastball and has a slight hesitation in his delivery, surrendered a leadoff home run and then retired 12 of the next 15 batters. He had three of Japan's five victories and was named the tournament's most valuable player.

"Well, it was my first experience to pitch in the game with the world championship on the line," Matsuzaka said. "I was going to feel a lot of pressure, as this is something you wouldn't be able to buy. But I did not feel much of it once I got on the mound."

The Cubans trailed by 4-0 and by 6-1, but they scored two in the sixth and two more in the eighth on Frederich Cepeda's home run to crawl to one run down. As one fan held a "Cuba Campeón" sign, Akinori Otsuka of the Texas Rangers emerged to get two crucial outs in the eighth. Then Japan scored four times in the ninth, and Cuba's chances for a fantastic finish fizzled in front of 42,696 fans.

Otsuka struck out Yulieski Gourriel to end the game, causing the Japanese players to fling their gloves and hug each other between the mound and first base. The players formed a circle, lifted the legendary Sadaharu Oh, their 65-year old manager, off the ground and tossed him in the air — a tradition the Japanese follow after winning a title.

"I thought I would never, never get a chance to manage a team like this," Oh said.

After Manager Higinio Velez decided Ormari Romero was dependable enough to start perhaps the most important game in Cuban baseball history, he inexplicably replaced Romero after only 23 pitches. Romero permitted two infield singles and a walk to the first four batters to fill the bases and, suddenly, he was gone.

The Cubans have had relievers warming up in the first inning in other games, but this seemed like a hasty decision. Romero was clearly irked about being replaced. He walked behind the mound and waved his hand at Jose Elosegui, the pitching coach. Vicyohandry Odelin, who looks and pitches like Tom Gordon's twin, followed Romero.

Odelin could have started, but the Cubans skipped him because he allowed three home runs in a 6-3 loss to Japan in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Odelin did not give up any homers to Japan this time, but he did not come close to getting out of the delicate situation, either.

Odelin plunked Hitoshi Tamura in the elbow with his fourth pitch to force in Japan's first run. After a strikeout, Odelin walked Michihiro Ogasawara on a close 3-2 pitch to push in the second run. Toshiaki Imae followed by slapping a slider for a two-run single that that gave Japan a 4-0 lead.

When Eduardo Paret smashed a leadoff home run for the Cubans, he pumped his fist rounding first. Maybe the Cubans could immediately erase the deficit. Well, maybe not. Matsuzaka allowed three more hits through the fourth.

Japan scored two runs in the fifth for a 6-1 cushion, but Cuba rebounded with two in the sixth. The Cubans had runners on first and third with one out, but Shunsuke Watanabe induced Yoandy Garlobo into a double play.

When organizers first applied for a license for Cuba to participate, the Treasury Department denied the request because the Cubans would have received American money. That would have violated the United States' trade embargo against Cuba.

The organizers applied for a second license that guaranteed Cuba would not receive money. Five weeks after the denial, President Bush ordered his staff to settle the issue, and a license was granted.

Under tournament regulations, every team except Cuba received at least 1 percent of the net profits. Those percentages rose as teams advanced, with Japan receiving 10 percent as the champion. The money that Cuba would have received will be donated to charity.

Despite having only two major leaguers, Japan won the tournament. Despite having no major leaguers, Cuba finished second. The United States feels it has the best players in the world. In this tournament, that was untrue. Japan, as the flying flags showed, was the class of this classic

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