There’s a holiday in the United States named after Shohei Ohtani (LA Dodgers), who signed the highest contract in professional sports history. Ohtani celebrated with a home run.

The Los Angeles, California, city council declared May 17 “Ohtani Day” and held a celebration, according to the Associated Press and other major U.S. media outlets. The day is a combination of May, a month that celebrates Asian-Pacific American heritage, and the 17th day of the month, which is derived from Ohtani’s number 17. Going forward, the date will be celebrated as “Ohtani Day” for the duration of Ohtani’s career with the Dodgers.

The ceremony was attended by Ohtani, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Dodgers president of baseball operations Stan Karsten. Ohtani said, “I want to thank the Los Angeles City Council. I also want to thank the Dodgers organization and all of our fans,” said Ohtani. “Since joining the Dodgers last December, Ohtani has exceeded our expectations,” said Carsten. “We are grateful for his accomplishments on the field and his warmth and character in the clubhouse. Congratulations to him on this well-deserved honor.”

After the ceremony, Ohtani returned to the field to get back to work and celebrate his anniversary with a home run.

Batting second and designated hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium, Ohtani took a 95.3 mph (153.4 km/h) fastball off Cincinnati starter Frankie Montas in the 메이저사이트 bottom of the first inning for his 13th home run of the season to give the Reds a 3-0 lead.

The home run was Ohtani’s only hit of the day. Ohtani finished 1-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. The Dodgers went on to win 7-3, avenging the previous day’s loss.

Ohtani, who signed a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers last winter, the largest in professional sports history, seemed to struggle early in the season but has since found his groove. In 45 games this season, he’s batting .358 with a 1.102 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage), 13 home runs, 32 RBIs, and 36 runs scored.


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