He was a true star in his native Japan, too, before making the jump to America.
He played there for a few seasons, both as a pitcher and as a hitter.
He was already capable of making the impossible happen: a triple-digit fastball with a big boy splitter as a pitcher; and some of the most impressive power you will see as a batter.
In case you need proof, here is your regular clip of Ohtani hitting a home run ball that literally never came down.
“Never forget the time Ohtani hit a ball THROUGH the Tokyo dome,” @mlbelites_ tweeted.
Never forget the time Ohtani hit a ball THROUGH the Tokyo dome 😂
— Baseball (@mlbelites_) December 29, 2022
Imagine having your regular at-bat and hitting a drive so far and so high that the ball actually goes through the roof.
Of course, it happened to Ohtani when he played back in Japan.
Nobody could believe it: the hit was ruled a home run, and how could it not?
Ohtani hit the s…oul out of that ball.
Then, of course, he went to America and completely dominated the opposition, erasing any doubts that he couldn’t thrive in the best league in the world.
He won the 2021 American League MVP and was the runner-up in 2022.
He has hit enormous home runs, stolen lots of bases, uncorked 101-mph fastballs, and missed bats with nasty splitters and sliders.
Watching Ohtani is a show within the show.
This is definitely his world, and we are all living in it.