Four minutes later, as Leo is about to head with his dad to their seats, Shohei Ohtani walks back across the field, leans over the rope and hands Leo a bat. Imprinted on the barrel, in kanji, is Ohtani’s name.
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Shohei Ohtani is 23 years old. He’s trying to do something that hasn’t been done in a century. And he still had time for a 6-year-old boy who just wanted a bat and along with it got a new favorite player.
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Absolutely. Love. This.
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Beautiful story. Shohei Ohtani comes from a baseball tradition with a strong foundation built brick by brick by schoolkids since the early 1870s. Growing the game with young people isn't a burden. It's a way of life.
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@JeffPassan Thanks, Jeff! Make America Decent Again—imported from Japan no less! #MADA
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@JeffPassan dang it Jeff...Ohtani spurned my #Mariners and plays for the hated #Angels and your making it really hard to not like him!
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@JeffPassan He is now my favorite as well.
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no one is crying here
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@JeffPassan I hate the Angels (many reasons - don't judge me!) but I'm REALLY liking what Ohtani is doing - and now I know he's a great PERSON as well. FANTASTIC story; thanks for sharing!
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...and he’s got a heart of gold 😭
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Very excited! Nice thread! Shohei Ohtani!!!!
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@JeffPassan So he’s a nice guy too? Great.
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@JeffPassan My middle son loves trying to get visiting team autographs. He’s found that there are a bunch of very big name stars who might not sign, but will chat with him when he’s polite about their refusal. We have a case full of signed balls, but his memories of those chats are better.
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Everyone needs to be more like Shohei Ohtani.
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This thread is why baseball, and sports in general, are more than "just a game."
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And he hit a triple tonight! #Gohtani
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@JeffPassan that’s good stuff. Glad to see he takes care of fans. It’s probably dumb to care about these things, but it’s cool to see him be cool to kids who look up to him.
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@JeffPassan Ok, that's awesome. Really cool move by Ohtani.
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@JeffPassan @kerpen Someone help me here. What is he trying to do that hasn’t been done in a century?
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@JeffPassan Thanks for telling this story, Jeff.
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@JeffPassan I hope he stays as humble as he is. One immigrant we can be proud of @realDonaldTrump
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@JeffPassan Well, I'm 54--is it OK to admit that this made Ohtani my favorite player too?
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If baseball wants to capture the next generation of fans, every player should be doing this before games.
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This. This is how the game grows. This is what makes it (and him) great
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#ShoheiOtani - will he be the one to change baseball? Yes. My dream team currently would have him and #Ichiro - the other 23 spots need to be filled. A tall order but it can be done!
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Wth why am i teary eyed over this lol
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OK , I LOVE my Braves but THIS is just another reason to LOVE BASEBALL. Very well done Ohtani!
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Omg this thread. I’m crying 😭😭 MORE THAN BASEBALL!! ❤️⚾️
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Just another reason why I love baseball
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Good thing my rule is #Royals jerseys only, otherwise I’d be shelling out money for an Ohtani. Guess I’ll have to wait for the Royals to trade for him. Boyer and Maurer (The ERA boys) straight up; whaddya say Halos!
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