Extra long debut comes and goes for Angels’ Shohei Ohtani


USA TODAY Sports’ Steve Gardner breaks down the top headlines from the first official day of baseball.

OAKLAND — There will undoubtedly be longer days for Shohei Ohtani in his major-league career than his 4-hour-2-minute debut, but maybe not many so infused with emotion.

Thursday started with him meeting his parents, mother Kayoko and father Toru, about daybreak in San Francisco for breakfast, the first time he’d seen them in months. They’d flown in overnight from Japan to be on hand as the first solid two-way player since Babe Ruth made his big-league debut.

He came to the Angels during the winter as a powerful left-handed hitter and an extraordinary right-handed starting pitcher, inviting the Ruthian comparisons

By the time Ohtani left the Oakland Coliseum a little after 5 p.m. PT, he’d been able to whittle down his bucket list. He made his first big-league start as the designated hitter, batting eighth,

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2018/03/29/extra-long-debut-books-angels-shohei-ohtani/471976002/

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