The World Baseball Classic has finally reached its end.
On Tuesday night, Team Japan finished off the United States with a 3-2 win to claim the WBC title and unseat the Americans as defending champs.
Team USA is not the only squad feeling the pain of losing in the WBC, however.
One night prior, Japan stunned Mexico with a late rally to advance to the championship game.
St. Louis Cardinals reliever JoJo Romero was a part of Team Mexico and surrendered a three-run home run to Masataka Yoshida in the seventh inning of that game.
On Wednesday, he expressed he disappointment over being eliminated, but raved about his WBC experience.
#STLCards reliever Jo Jo Romero on pitching for Mexico in the WBC: “As far as ranking it, as far as anything I’ve ever experienced or have seen or have been a part of, that’s icing on the cake. That was incredible. That atmosphere was just awesome.”
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) March 22, 2023
Romero’s sentiments were similar to many others.
The young left-hander praised the fans for their energy and discussed how he enjoyed the atmosphere of the tournament, one that was full of classic moments and twists and turns.
Romero got to experience a couple of those moments himself.
Last week, Mexico pulled off a late comeback of their own to take down Puerto Rico and advance to the semifinals.
In the semifinal game on Monday, outfielder Randy Arozarena made a spectacular catch to rob a home run.
Luis Urias, Alex Verdugo, and Isaac Paredes also came through in key spots.
And so, the Classic was fun for everybody involved, including Romero.
The sentiments of many players and fans was that the atmosphere was similar to that of a postseason game.
The Classic will take place again in 2026, and Mexico, as well as other teams will look to unseat Japan at the top.NEXT: The Cardinals Have Made Some Notable Roster Moves