Shohei Ohtani gives young fan his bat, hits triple with another one (vid)
Shohei Ohtani continues to be a complete revelation in his debut season in Major League Baseball. And a kind gesture ahead of the Los Angeles Angels’ game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday night will only add to the growing mythology surrounding the budding, two-way superstar.
Ohtani was signing autographs and mingling with fans following batting practice when a young fan asked for his bat. Ohtani generously complied.
“Can I get your bat?”
Ohtani laughed, and then left the field after signing autographs. pic.twitter.com/deQFmXYOXg
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) April 12, 2018
Ohtani, serving as DH and clearly unaffected over parting with his bat, proceeded to hit a base-clearing triple — his first career three-bagger — in the seventh inning. It was part of five-run inning that blew the game open and secured the Angels an easy 7-1 victory.
Ohtani Shoing off his wheels. pic.twitter.com/VbD9IHSeWn
— MLB (@MLB) April 13, 2018
Regarding his pregame encounter with the young fan, here’s what Ohtani had to say after the game:
“He looked really sad when he was asking me,” Ohtani said through a translator, via the L.A. Times. “He really wanted that bat, so I gave it to him. Hopefully he can swing the bat and become a good player someday.
“… but I can’t be doing this all the time or I’ll run out of bats.”
To say Ohtani has taken Major League Baseball by storm while exceeding arguably unrealistic expectations would be an understatement. It’s evident Ohtani has more than a firm handle on what occurs inside the lines. But his generous act ahead of Thursday’s game illustrates he understands the other aspects of being a major leaguer as well.