Shohei Ohtani Displays His Humorous Side, Entertains Fans Alongside Ippei Mizuhara

Published 02/04/2024, 9:10 AM EST

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Imagine the scene: a stadium packed with roaring fans, reporters hanging onto every word, and Shohei Ohtani, baseball’s biggest superstar, at the center of it all. But instead of the usual baseball talk, a question about his relationship with his translator, Ippei Mizuhara, throws a curveball. Ohtani’s response?

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A hilarious deadpan that cracks up the crowd and leaves everyone wondering: are they besties or…business partners?

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“Yeah, we’re not friends or anything,” Ohtani quips through Mizuhara, who doubles as his translator and confidante. “We’re just business partners.” Laughter erupts like a grand slam in Saturday’s Dodger Fest, bouncing off the stadium walls as Ohtani himself bursts into guffaws. Why the humor?

 

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Because everyone knows the real story. Mizuhara is practically Shohei Ohtani’s shadow, his right-hand man, his “unicorn catcher” (yes, you read that right!). They’re together more than Mizuhara and his wife, for crying out loud! So, to call their bond purely professional is, well, let’s just say it takes the “bromance” to a whole new level of hilarious.

But here’s the thing: this playful jab isn’t just about witty wordplay. It’s a glimpse into the unique, heartwarming connection between Ohtani and Mizuhara. As The Athletic details, their journey began in Japan, where Ippei-san wasn’t just an interpreter for another American player but someone who resonated with Ohtani on a deeper level.

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They left Japan together, and for the past six years, Mizuhara has been Ohtani’s rock, his translator, his gaming buddy, his grocery getter (post-surgery, of course!), and yes, maybe even his friend (wink wink). This isn’t your typical baseball interpreter story.

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Bonds, Business, and Beyond

Ippei Mizuhara goes above and beyond, becoming Shohei Ohtani’s cultural bridge, confidante, and even occasional teammate (remember the Home Run Derby?). He’s earned himself a global fan base, especially in Japan, where his dedication to Ohtani has become legendary.

And let’s not forget the impact this “cult-like status” has on the interpreting world. Mizuhara’s unique role shines a spotlight on a profession often overshadowed by the stars they translate for. He’s become a face for interpreting, proving it’s more than just words—it’s about building trust, understanding, and maybe even a few inside jokes that leave everyone roaring with laughter.

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So, the next time you see Shohei Ohtani and Ippei Mizuhara together, remember—their bond goes beyond just being business partners. It’s a hilarious, heartwarming friendship that transcends languages and baseball diamonds, reminding us that sometimes the best relationships are the ones that make you laugh until your sides hurt. And hey, who knows, maybe Mizuhara will even write a tell-all book someday, titled “Not Quite Friends: My Bromantic Adventures with Baseball’s Biggest Superstar.” Now that’s a bestseller waiting to happen, don’t you think?

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Shrabana Sengupta

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"Those who gaze outward dream, but those who turn inward awaken." A pro-writer for MLB EssentiallySports, I’ve been a fan of the New York Yankees since my school days. In my adolescent years, I was introduced to the iconic franchise through one of my beloved Friends characters, Joey.
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