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Shohei Ohtani Breaks Character in Tears as Post-Season Chances with LA Angels Slowly Disappear

Published 08/06/2023, 6:54 AM EDT

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Shohei Ohtani is a Los Angeles Angels’ modern great. Ohtani adds to both the Angels’ lineup and their bullpen. A complete fanbase has their hopes pinned on a star that always delivers. And only a few can find any wrong with the phenom ever since his debut in 2018. Except perhaps his choice of franchise.

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Despite turning in several MVP caliber seasons in his time in Major League Baseball, Ohtani is yet to end the Angels’ eight-year playoff drought. And despite partnering with Mike Trout in a tandem that many expect to succeed, the Angels are not on track for the season they want to have. And it ‘Sho-d.

LA Angels Star Reacts to Angels’ Dismal Record


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Shohei Ohtani has been with the LA Angels ever since his debut. And yet, in all the time that the superstar has been in the public eye, he still doesn’t have a pennant to show for his otherworldly output. And one thing no one can seem to fault Shohei is for trying to give it his all. In fact, the star has delivered frequently only for the surrounding team to fail.

And with the Angels’ faltering record in 2023, it appears fans are due for a repeat of the same. And when the cameras turned on the phenom, it appeared as though Ohtani was holding back his tears at the same film being repeated.


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The star appeared to be holding back his tears in a recent video clip. As the Angels succumbed to the Seattle Mariners in a 3-2 loss on Sunday, losing more momentum in the lead-up. With the star doing his best to pull his team into an AL Wild Card Spot, the .500 team now face daunting odds.

Are the LA Angels Post Season Hopes Dashed?

The LA Angels are locked in a highly competitive AL East amongst the game’s titans. And as their pursuit for an AL Wild Card Spot gains steam, the team is losing ground fast.


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The Angels were as close as 3.5 games out of an AL Wild Card spot only a few weeks ago. But they have since conceded series to several competitors, including the Toronto Blue Jays, the Atlanta Braves and the Seattle Mariners, to fall back and end up 6.0 games behind in their pursuit.

All while their AL East counterparts in the New York Yankees have seen a resurgence with the return of their star slugger Aaron Judge. The Angels are rapidly losing ground and will hope that their fortunes see a change as soon as possible if they are to make it to the postseason.


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But what do you think? Will we see Shohei Ohtani perform this post-season? Or is he bound for a rest before his whirlwind 2024 free agency?

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Written by:

Aditya Deshingkar


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Aditya Deshingkar is a MLB writer at EssentiallySports. In another life, Aditya was a lawyer with a premier legal firm in the country and has recently made the switch. As an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.
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Deepanshi Bajaj