ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia says there was a plan to Shohei Ohtani’s spring, and now we’re seeing the end result of it.
That plan was clearly to lull the rest of baseball into a false sense of security.
After arriving from Japan amid enormous hype, the two-way star promptly deflated expectations by taking a spectacular pratfall in the Cactus League. He batted .125. His ERA was a laughable 27.00. Questions arose about whether he would make the team or start the season in the minors.
It was just a show, hey.
The real Ohtani seems to have materialized in the first 11 days of the season, and he has been a sight to behold.
In Sunday’s first start in front of the home fans — who turned out 44,742 strong, the largest crowd for a day game since Angel Stadium was renovated in 1998 — Ohtani delivered an outing that prompted Scioscia to say, “That was as good a game as you could ever see pitched.’’
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