Shohei Ohtani is just the hobby that the American star needs – .

Shohei Ohtani is just the hobby that the American star needs – .

After the game, his manager, Joe Maddon, compared Ohtani to the iconic baseball icon, the last dominant major in the major leagues to play on the mound and as an everyday player at home plate. “We all imagine what it would have been like to watch Babe Ruth play,” Maddon said. “You hear that stuff, and it’s a bigger than life, bigger concept. Now we are living it. So don’t underestimate what we are seeing.

Baseball needs Ohtani right now. The game is listed. As it has for years, baseball is fighting for the kind of great popularity it enjoyed in years past, only now it is doing so as it grapples with the backlash of a pandemic.

America also needs Ohtani right now.

Ohtani, who stands 6-foot-4 and is remarkably quick, played in Japan and in 2018 was named AHL Rookie of the Year with the Angels. But injuries and the coronavirus pandemic have kept him from thriving. He couldn’t have timed this better, the mother of all breakout seasons.

The origins of the pandemic in China have brought the madmen out. As a result, Asian Americans – recent immigrants and families who have been in the United States for generations, people with roots drawn from every nation on the Asian continent – live in a constant state of siege. They face a spike in sometimes deadly hate crimes and heinous discrimination.


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