Mike Trout of the United States, who faced Shohei Ohtani as the last batter in the final of the WBC = World Baseball Classic baseball team, recalled, "I think it was something that all baseball fans wanted to see."

Trout, who has won the MVP = Most Valuable Player award three times with the Angels of the Major League Baseball, captained the United States national team in his first WBC tournament and led the team to a runner-up finish.

After the final, Trout reflected on the tournament, saying, "It was the most enjoyable 3 days of my life, everyone here enjoyed it and everything was a special experience."

On top of that, when he faced his teammate Ohtani for the first time in the ninth inning chasing one run and fell on a strikeout as the last batter, he said, "When I saw Shohei running to the bullpen after his last at-bat, I thought all the baseball fans wanted to see him play against him. At the end, he threw a good pitch and won the first round," he said with a smile at times.

"It was a very tough night for us, but I'm sure we'll come back to this place," he said, expressing his desire to participate in the next tournament in 1.