As befits a major league star, the way he announced his new team was special.
“I have decided to choose the Dodgers as my next team,” Shohei Ohtani posted on his Instagram on Sept. 9 local time, alongside the LA Dodgers logo.굿모닝토토 주소
Ohtani hadn’t given a single media interview since last August. Even after winning the American League MVP, he canceled an interview for no particular reason.
His agent, Nez Valero, sent a letter to teams saying that he would not sign with them if it became public knowledge that they had been in contact with Ohtani. He was absent from team meetings and winter meetings.
While maintaining this strategy of mysticism, he was busy pulling strings outside.
A case in point is the “airplane incident” that occurred on the 8th of this month. A private plane was spotted by fans traveling from Orange County, where Ohtani lives, to Toronto, and fans and media assumed that the plane was carrying Ohtani, who was traveling to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Some media outlets reported news such as “Ohtani has signed with Toronto” and “Ohtani is heading to Toronto.
However, it was later revealed that Ohtani was not on the plane. The journalist who reported that Ohtani was heading to Toronto later apologized publicly.
While everyone was playing along, Ohtani sat back in the comfort of his home and mulled it over, eventually choosing the Dodgers.
There was some criticism of his strategy of total mysticism, but he was the biggest star in the league and deserved to do what he wanted.
Nevertheless, he did take to Instagram to apologize, saying, “To all my fans and everyone in baseball, I apologize for taking so long to make this decision.”
He also thanked his former team, the Los Angeles Angels, and their fans. “Your support, through thick and thin, means the world to me,” he wrote.
To his new Dodger fans, he said, “I will always do what’s best for the team and always strive to be the best version of myself. Until the last day of my career, I will continue to work hard for not only the Dodgers, but the game of baseball.”
His agent, Valero, told the New York Post and other local media, “We recognize the intense interest that the media, fans and industry have shown in this process. We appreciate the enthusiasm and consideration.”