Shohei Ohtani surprised the baseball world on Tuesday night when he put together a historic two-homer, eight-RBI game against the Kansas City Royals.
Ohtani had a total of three hits as the Los Angeles Angels busted out for 11 runs against Kansas City.
Unfortunately for them, it was not enough to stop the Royals’ onslaught.
Led by Bobby Witt Jr., who had his first two-homer game, the Royals bested the Angels by a final of 12-11.
After the game was over, Ohtani was asked about his historic performance, and he had some surprising comments.
Sam Blum, the Angels beat reporter from The Athletic, tweeted what Ohtani had to say about last night.
Shohei Ohtani after a 2 HR/8 RBI night:
“The home run at-bats we’re good, but I feel like I could have done a better job on the two sac fly at-bats. The result could have been different if I came up with big hits there. So that is something I can improve on.”
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) June 22, 2022
Ohtani Keeps Things Honest
These are some surprising comments from Ohtani.
You would expect him to be all fired up after such a great performance and feeling great about himself.
Instead, the tone was completely different during Ohtani’s postgame interview, and while he acknowledged that he felt like he took some good at-bats, he talked about things he could improve on going forward and what could have gone better.
Granted, the Angels did lose last night, despite the offensive outburst, and had Ohtani come up with some hits in the at-bats where he had sacrifice flies, things may have gone a little bit differently.
But it’s surprising and quite sad honestly to see Ohtani almost beat himself up a little bit, even after such a historic night.
The Halos’ struggles continued, as they fell to 33-38 on the season and dropped into third place in the American League West division, so he is understandably frustrated by that.
But his comments are still quite surprising given what he was able to do against the Royals last night.