ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani got his first major league home run and his first celebratory ice bath. There could more on the way for the Japanese sensation.
Ohtani hit a three-run homer in his first Angel Stadium at-bat to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 13-2 on Tuesday night.
”Shohei put on a display of the type of talent he has tonight,” manager Mike Scioscia said. ”He showed the power. He showed the ability to just square up a baseball, and he had a great night for us.”
Ohtani capped a six-run first inning by lifting a ball out to center on a 2-2 pitch from Josh Tomlin. He got the silent treatment from teammates when he returned to the dugout, but not from the crowd. After players broke character and jumped around Ohtani to celebrate, Mike Trout pointed to the field and instructed Ohtani to take a curtain call.
It was a tradition Ohtani wasn’t familiar with. The postgame dousing, however, Ohtani had seen on television.
Kole Calhoun snuck up behind Ohtani after the game as he was about to give a television interview and dumped ice water all over the 23-year-old.
”It obviously felt really, really good,” Ohtani said through an interpreter, drying himself as he spoke to the crowd.
Ohtani is the first player to
Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/ohtani-homers-in-1st-home-ab-angels-beat-indians-13-2-040418
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