The race to land the man that many are calling “The Japanese Babe Ruth” is now down to seven teams. The Angels, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Mariners, Padres and Rangers seem to be the remaining candidates after Ohtani has announced that he wants to play for a small market on the west coast. Pretty much, hes telling the Yankees to kick rocks.
As a Yankees fan, it’s bittersweet. I was ecstatic about the possibility of adding a player with such versatility to an already exciting lineup. Also, There was really no risk in signing Ohtani, especially with his price being so low. But after his comments, maybe the Yankees dodged a bullet.
The spotlight for athletes playing in New York is much brighter than anywhere else. And along with that spotlight comes pressure and expectations. If you meet or exceed those expectations, you will be praised by the media which will lead to nothing but more money and greater opportunities. But if you don’t, the media and fan base won’t be very forgiving, to say the least.
Am I saying Ohtani is scared of failure? No, not at all. But it is an interesting decision to opt towards playing in a small market. The guy has potential to be a superstar, and he picks the god damn Mariners as a possible destination? What the hell is enticing about Seattle? Most of Seattle doesn’t even know they still have a baseball team. Maybe Ohtani hates playing postseason baseball? I dont know. But if that’s the case, have fun winning a total of 0 championships in Seattle, Ohtani.
Am I a little bit salty that he doesn’t want to play for the Yankees? You bet your ass I am. Am I also a spoiled Yankees fan who is not used to a big name free agent not wanting to join the team? Maybe, but that’s not the point.
Enough with the complaining. Shohei Ohtani is coming. And regardless of where he lands, it is going to be fun to watch and see how he adapts to the competition level in the MLB.