TOKYO, Feb 04 (News On Japan) - Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, 29, made a highly anticipated appearance at the team's Fan Fest, receiving a warm welcome amidst loud cheers from a stadium adorned in Dodger blue. Ohtani shared his feelings on donning Dodgers' colors: "Seeing the blue, it feels like a stark contrast to the Angels' red. It’s finally hitting me that I’ve made the move."
In his first public appearance since joining the team, Ohtani responded to questions about his dog Decopin and his interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. "Mizuhara and I have a professional relationship, not friends per se, but we get along well within that context," Ohtani remarked. When asked about his pet's favorite activities, Ohtani said, "Decopin reacts a lot to lights. So, I often play with him by moving a light around while I’m lying down." Choosing between pizza or burgers, Ohtani decisively preferred "Burgers!"
Discussing his objectives for the season, Ohtani emphasized, "The only goal is truly to win the World Series. I believe the fans share this sentiment, and it would be great if we could fight through the season together."
Ohtani is set to start the camp on February 10th, Japan time, with high hopes and clear targets for the upcoming season.