In the WBC semi-finals, Japan came from behind to win the bye to Munetaka Murakami's two-base hit to advance to the finals, and there were a series of happy posts on social media, such as "Murakami-sama" and "Murakami Supreme" trending in Murakami's batting, which had been a difficult at-bat.
In the Japan ninth inning, chasing a single run, Murakami entered the at-bat in the fifth with no outs on a two-base hit by Shohei Ohtani to create a no-out first and second base chance.
His batting has not improved so far, and the batting order has moved from No. 4 to No. 5, and he had three strikeouts on the day, and words wishing for a comeback such as "Come back to life" became a trend on social media.
Furthermore, when Murakami scored the bye with a Japan two-base double over center field, "Murakami-sama" and "Murakami Best", which were selected as the grand prize of the year of last year's "New Words / Trendy Words Award", entered the trend.
On Twitter, posts such as "Murakami came back to life!", "Welcome back, Murakami-sama", and "Murakami resurrection" were posted one after another to delight Murakami's one stroke.
Shohei Otani's "big run with helmet flying"
Also, in this inning, Shohei Otani, who hit a two-base hit at the first batter, threw away his helmet and ran, saying, "It's really cartoonish like a two-base hit where Ohtanisan throws away his helmet and runs," and "A big run while blowing off his helmet. I cried."