‘Two of the Greatest Japanese Players’- MLB Fans Rejoice After LA Angels’ Shohei Ohtani Shares a Moment With MLB Legend Ichiro Suzuki

Published 06/19/2022, 9:30 AM EDT

Shohei Ohtani has become the face of Major League Baseball. His dominance in the last two years has earned him the honor of getting compared with many MLB legends, including Babe Ruth and Ichiro Suzuki.

Ohtani might be a big player in Major league Baseball. But way before his MLB debut, a former Japanese superstar made it big into MLB. Yes! Ichiro Suzuki once ruled the game of baseball for nearly two decades.

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During the early 2000s, Ichiro Suzuki was the most popular Japanese to play baseball in America. Having played for 19 years in MLB, Ichiro was one of the best hitters of the game in his time. Recently the LA Angels star, Shohei Ohtani, met his idol and former MLB star Ichiro Suzuki. Notably, it was one of the most iconic photos, given their popularity in America and Japan.

MLB fans went gaga over Shohei Ohtani meeting with MLB Legend Ichiro Suzuki

Currently, the LA Angels are playing a five-game series against the Seattle Mariners. After a long disastrous run, the Angels seem to be finally back on the track. With the help of Mike Trout’s home run, the Angels defeated (3-0) the Mariners in the fourth game of the series.

Sep 25, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) triples against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

However, the main attraction of the game was the Angels’ two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani meeting with the former Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki. Taking to Twitter, the Angels’ official handle tweeted a couple of photos. After watching this iconic photo, MLB fans could not control it but shared some wonderful tweets for the Japanese stars.

One fan appreciated Ohtani for showing respect to Ichiro. “Ohtani has so much respect for the man — Ichiro looks like he still gets a kick out of how low and long Ohtani still bows to him. The deeper and longer the bow—the more respect one has for the recipient,” the tweet said.

Another MLB fan referred to Ichiro and Ohtani as the two of the greatest players. Because they exist in their separate ways.

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There were 100s of tweets hailing the greatness of the Japanese stars. And why not? Even though they belong to a different country, Ohtani and Ichiro made it big into Major League Baseball.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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