Opening Day is always a fun day.
It’s a national holiday across the baseball world, kicking off what everybody hopes to be a historic and magical season.
And Opening Day is no stranger to some historic and magical moments.
The Los Angeles Angels got to witness a little bit of that yesterday.
To nobody’s surprise, Shohei Ohtani, the Angels’ dynamic two-way superstar was at the center of it.
Last night, Ohtani became the first player in Major League history to both throw his team’s first pitch of the season and later receive the team’s first pitch while standing in the batter’s box.
Shohei Ohtani is the first player in AL/NL history to both throw his team's first pitch of the season AND face his team's first pitch of the season as a hitter.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 8, 2022
It’s Shotime, Everybody!
It seems that every day, Ohtani is making some history.
There might not be a better player in the game today.
The reigning American League MVP is back and hungry for more and while it may not seem like much, no player has ever thrown and received a team’s first pitch in the history of Major League Baseball.
Wherever Ohtani goes, history seems to follow.
Fans need to relish every moment they get to see this man play baseball because it’s likely going to be a long time before we see somebody else like him.
In Los Angeles’ 3-1 loss to the Houston Astros, Ohtani went 0-for-4 at the plate and only pitched 4 2/3 innings, but he managed to hold the Astros to just one run.
He may not have put on a huge show last night, but he continues to make history as the first two-way player since Babe Ruth and he won’t be stopping anytime soon.
It won’t be long before he puts on another impressive display for Angels fans.