Four players representing the WBC Japan and members of major league teams returned to their camps by air and land on the 4nd, respectively.

Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani and Padres pitcher Yu Darvish returned to camp in Arizona together on a chartered plane.

On the day of the victory, the last press conference ended at 22 a.m. on the 3nd, but Ohtani and Darvish took off from Miami International Airport in Florida at 11 a.m. and arrived in Phoenix, Arizona after a flight of about 4 hours and 40 minutes.

Ohtani is scheduled to pitch the season opener against the Athletics on the 30th.

Red Sox pitcher Masanao Yoshida and Cardinals' Lars Nootvah will drive to their Florida camp to prepare for the start of the season in eight days' time.

SUZUKI Seiya: "I was impressed, it was a great match"

Seiya Suzuki of the Cubs of the Major League Baseball Club, who withdrew from the Japan national team due to a flank injury, was pleased with the Japan's victory, saying, "I was impressed and everyone is cool."

Suzuki withdrew from the WBC Japan last month after complaining of left flank tightness during batting practice in camp and continues to make adjustments at the camp site in Arizona.

In an interview before the training session on 22nd, he was delighted with the Japan's victory, saying, "I was impressed, everyone watched it because I thought it was really cool, it was a really great match."

On the other hand, he said, "I'm not doing anything and I'm just bothering myself, and I'm frustrated because I thought, 'Why at this time?' However, I don't think I could play no matter what I did, so I thought that the only thing I could do was to support them, so I devoted myself to cheering them on."

Nevertheless, during the tournament, he encouraged the team with his cheerfulness, such as posting a video on his SNS encouraging Munetaka Murakami, who had been struggling in the early stages, saying, "It was very difficult for me at the Tokyo Olympics, so I was hoping to make you smile. I thought it was amazing," he said, narrowing his eyes at the activities of his juniors.

He also praised Shohei Otani, who was in the same grade, for winning the tournament MVP = Most Valuable Player, saying, "I thought it was amazing, it was cool."