“A Duo I Never Imagined I’d See”: $40 Million Worth Rapper Leaves Baseball Fans Flabbergasted With a Rare Shohei Ohtani Moment

Published 03/21/2023, 11:50 PM EDT

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If one has attended or watched any World Baseball Classic game in 2023, one may recognize the name Shohei Ohtani. They may also recognize the powerful beats of ‘Chispa‘, the official anthem. Daddy Yankee, the artist, has been a big baseball fan since childhood. So having his song represent the sport on a global scale was a dream come true. Because before Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez became Daddy Yankee, he wanted to join Major League Baseball.

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In fact, he even tried out for the Seattle Mariners, but an accident that involved an AK-47 left him unable to play. And while that incident turned his full focus to music, baseball never left him. In fact, MLB named the retired musician the global ambassador for the 2023 World Baseball Classic, a fact he’s immensely proud of. Daddy Yankee has been attending games at the loanDepot Park in Miami. And of course, he also made an appearance at the final game and had a moment with the two-way superstar, Shohei Ohtani.

Daddy Yankee poses with Japan’s two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani

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Ohtani has been one of the most popular personalities associated with baseball in the last few years. His exponential rise to fame only proves his talent on the field, and everyone wants a piece of it. Some fans express their admiration by cheering for the two-way sensation from the stands. And some, like Daddy Yankee, were lucky enough to pose for a picture.

On Twitter, a photo of the duo appeared before the WBC showdown between Japan and USA, both grinning at the camera. Daddy Yankee even has a fist up in the air, as if showing how pumped he is for the game.

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The Gasolina singer was rooting for his native Puerto Rico against Mexico, but unfortunately, the former lost. Now that his team is not in the finals, will he be rooting for Japan? Or will he be rooting for the USA?

What did the fans think of this world-colliding moment?

Since Daddy Yankee’s name has a major baseball team in it, fans went ahead and made jokes about it. Baseball really does bring together people from all over the planet, especially when it’s World Baseball Classic.

Some referenced the rumored Daddy Yankee curse – the former musician showed up to support Puerto Rico and Venezuela on two separate occasions. But unfortunately for them, both lost.

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Ultimately, things went well for Japan. The talented team won their third World Baseball Classic, establishing their status as the only multiple winners of the title once again.

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Arunima Bhanot

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Arunima Bhanot is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Having earned an English literature degree from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, Arunima has always been interested in writing. She's a fan of archery and was the captain of her college team for two years running. She's an avid reader who also loves photography and travel, and you can find her talking constantly about books and anime on her Instagram!
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