Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani puts people in seats and in front of the TV.
It’s as simple as that: he is a show inside the show, the main attraction of a baseball game.
Currently playing for Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic, he is part of a squad that is setting records in ratings and viewership.
We would say a lot of those people tune in to watch him play and break a record.
He is so popular that he recently was compared to another record-breaking performer, but in the music business.
“Angels OF Aaron Whitefield played in the WBC for Australia, and competed against Shohei Ohtani and team Japan. He compared Ohtani’s fame in Japan to Justin Bieber in NYC,” Angels insider Sam Blum tweeted.
Angels OF Aaron Whitefield played in the WBC for Australia, and competed against Shohei Ohtani and team Japan.
He compared Ohtani’s fame in Japan to Justin Bieber in NYC.
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) March 17, 2023
Whitefield plays in the same organization as Ohtani and knows him well.
He is very much familiar with the effect Ohtani has on people.
Wherever he goes, people are after him looking for a picture, an autograph, or even a smile.
You could say he is the Bieber of baseball.
Or is Bieber the Ohtani of the entertainment industry?
We don’t know, but we do know that he is one of the best players in the history of our beautiful game.
He is certainly the most uniquely talented.
No one has been capable to hit 34 home runs and pitch 166 innings of a 2.33 ERA in the same season.
That’s reserved for special players.
There is only one Ohtani, and Whitefield is very much aware of that.NEXT: Shohei Ohtani Set A Personal Record Early Thursday Morning