Shohei Ohtani is something else.
As we all know, the Los Angeles Angels have a little something special with him.
He can pitch like an ace and hit tape-measure home runs, which has led him to draw several comparisons to Babe Ruth.
Ohtani is seemingly out on the field every day, not wanting to take a day off.
There’s a method to his madness though.
When you’re that good and can do so many things on the baseball field, it’s hard to want to take a day off.
When asked about this, Ohtani said that he wants to be out there as much as he can, claiming that if he’s healthy, he can’t really afford to miss any games.
Shohei Ohtani on why he never wants to take a day off:
"If I'm healthy enough to play, I want to be out there. It feels like I can't really afford to miss games at this point."
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) August 4, 2022
What Drives Ohtani
That’s the drive and desire you want to see out of Ohtani if you’re an Angels fan.
But it’s nice to see Ohtani still have that motivation, even while the Angels are struggling as bad as they have been.
There’s no realistic hope of the Angels pulling themselves out of their rut anytime soon, but that doesn’t matter to Ohtani.
He wants to play every day and show the organization and the fans that he cares about winning and giving his best effort each time.
That’s about all you can ask from your star players.
But whether the Angels are in contention or not, Ohtani still wants to play every day.
That shows tremendous dedication and determination.
This is what Ohtani wants to do.
He’s simply a ballplayer.
The drive and desire remain as strong as ever, even in the midst of all the Angels struggles.
One would assume that that would only continue as Ohtani’s career progresses.