Shohei Ohtani has been on everyone’s minds for quite a while now. The 23-year old excels at the plate and on the mound, making him arguably the biggest target this off-season. Up until just recently, many assumed that the New York Yankees were front-runners to acquire the Japanese star. Those assumptions could not have been more wrong.
On Sunday the Yankees, along with many other teams, were cut from Ohtani’s list. The main reasoning behind this decision was due to the location and market. Shohei Ohtani has his eyes on the West Coast and/or a small market, both of which cannot be offered by New York. Well, this didn’t sit to well with the New York Daily News.
When the news broke, the New York Daily News tweeted out Monday’s front page. The cover calls him a “chicken” and the copy in the tweet says that Ohtani has stage fright. Check it out for yourself below!
STAGE FRIGHT: Shohei Otani too scared to play for the @Yankees…
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 4, 2017
It’s almost comical that the New York Daily News would do this, considering this cover is exactly why Shohei Ohtani doesn’t want to play in a big market like New York. It’s in poor taste and gives off very bitter, sad vibes. It looks like Ohtani clearly dodged a bullet!
Here is how Twitter reacted to the magazine cover:
I CANT BELIEVE OHTANI DIDNT WANT TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH AN UNFORGIVING MEDIA CITY pic.twitter.com/Nb92JtQ4I6
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) December 4, 2017
New York is a more aggressive media town than Boston. And this place isn’t exactly tame. https://t.co/9vOfd1ljEz
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) December 4, 2017
I don't understand the extreme level of shock that Ohtani is not meeting with Boston or New York.
He didn't grown up in a culture where a handful of old American baseball teams are held up as deities and, relatively speaking, he probably doesn't give a damn.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) December 4, 2017
Okay, now it really makes sense to why Shohei Ohtani didn’t want to sign with the #Yankees. That NYDN headline doesn’t help New York’s cause now.
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) December 4, 2017
Shohei Ohtani’s list has been narrowed down to the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Mariners, Giants, Rangers, and Cubs. All of these teams are located on the West Coast with the exception of the Rangers and the Cubs. Also, three of the seven teams play in the American League and could use the designated hitter role to entice him.
If this entire process has taught us anything, however, it is that speculation is just speculation. The Yankees went from being favorites to being exactly what Shohei Ohtani was not looking for. Ohtani has until December 22nd to sign with a team, so all we can do is wait and see where he lands!
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