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WATCH: Shohei Ohtani Shows Rival Chicago White Sox Fans His Pitching Skills in an Adorable Moment

Published 05/03/2022, 12:15 PM EDT

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Shohei Ohtani is not just one of the most feared players in all of baseball, but he is quickly becoming a fan favorite too. With the 2021 AL MVP winning the award with a handy margin, his athletic ability was never in doubt.

And as his reputation in MLB grows, so do his antics. When the LA Angels went to Chicago to see out their series with the Chicago White Sox, Ohtani caught some fans by surprise while he was practicing pitching before the game. With the superstar packing a heck of a fastball, maybe the fans were right to duck out of the way.

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Taking his bullpen training seriously, Ohtani last pitched against the Cleveland Guardians in the series prior and chose not to pitch for this encounter. However, with his conditioning still something he had to complete, Ohtani took some time before the game to throw some practice pitches. And he had some fun while doing it too. With some White Sox fans peering across the grille, they were in for a surprise they wouldn’t fast forget.

Shohei Ohtani has some practise-fun

Even though the pitcher was not taking charge of the mound for the game to follow, he was definitely in the mood for some laughs. Practicing his pitching, Ohtani chucked one at the onlooking White Sox fans as the ball got caught up at the grille. And while the White Sox fans had already ducked out of the way, Ohtani couldn’t help but laugh at the reaction they had.

Ohtani is known to clock some 100mph fastballs, so who can really blame the fans for ducking out of the way? He, however, seemed to have a good laugh to himself. After Ohtani resumed his drills, however, he was not able to keep himself from doubling over a few times at the fans’ reaction.

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The ultimate sport, Ohtani walked up to the grille and shared a smile and a fist bump with the fans about it too.

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Ohtani has had a slow start to the season offensively but will be hoping he can ramp up production as the season progresses. And while he certainly seems to be in good spirits and the Angels are performing well without his contributions, the superstar is due a return to form. And the Angels will be hoping it happens sooner rather than later.

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But what do you think? Can Ohtani replicate his MVP form for another season? Could the Angels mount a post-season challenge? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Deshingkar

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Aditya Deshingkar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. An aspiring lawyer, Aditya is a final year student of the law program at GLC. Notably, as an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.
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