Lars Nootbaar has become a favorite among the fanbase of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 25-year-old outfielder brings a fun-loving presence to the Cardinals clubhouse that rubs off on the players, including the veterans such as Adam Wainwright, Paul Goldschmidt, and Nolan Arenado.
He also provides elite defense and a spark in the Cardinals lineup, which prompts fans to serenade him with chants of his name.
Now playing for Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic, Nootbaar provided a spark in the team’s victory over China on Wednesday.
Bally Sports Midwest posted his stats from the game on Twitter.
NOOOOOOOOT! Lars stars in Japan's #WorldBaseballClassic win over China. #STLCards pic.twitter.com/am84iXkdju
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) March 9, 2023
The young Cardinals outfielder went 2-for-4 with two walks and two runs and also managed to steal a base.
Nootbaar is well loved in St. Louis for his talents.
However, it appears he has taken those talents to Japan as well, which will certainly get fans on his side there.
Not only were his hitting abilities on display, but he also showed off some of his elite speed by stealing a base in Japan’s win over China.
But even with him competing in the WBC, those in St. Louis are still paying attention to him and what he has been able to accomplish so far this spring.
He is one of 17 players from the Cardinals organization who committed to the WBC.
He’ll continue to have a chance to put his talents on display in Japan as the Classic progresses, depending on how far the team ends up going in the tournament.NEXT: Albert Pujols Pays A Visit To Cardinals Camp