Noon. This Saturday. Where will you be? This is an important question, because it is one that any possible grandkids, friends, fellow Halos fans or just baseball fanatics in general are going to be asking you for years to come. They will definitely share their own recounting of 2-24-18, so if you do not want to feel left out, or like a total dummie, then clear your schedge, check your local listings, and get ready to blink as little as possible.
It is happening. Finally.
When Billy Eppler and the Angels landed the off-season’s biggest prize, Japanese two-way dominator Shohei Ohtani, we all started internal countdown clocks in our heads, because that’s just what any overly-obsessive Angels fan does in these types of situations. Although, we think we’re doing ourselves a favor, or being responsible and on-the-ball, but really we just end end up driving ourselves nuts with anticipation and hype.
But this Saturday, we shall have to wait no more; Ohtani, as the Angels announced earlier today, will be making his Cactus League debut for his new club, and if that doesn’t give you instant chills, then you may want to go to the ER immediately and have them check you for a pulse or other signs of life.
Ohtani will be on the mound in this spring training introduction, facing off against the Milwaukee Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in a game that, thank the baseball gods, shall be televised on Fox Sports West, as well as MLB.TV and I believe 830am, as well. The amount of attention this game, which will be just the second game of camp, is just straight up unreal. Every day I am more amazed than the last at just how much hysteria Ohtani can create out of thin air, and while I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to the hooplah, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it.
Ohtani is scheduled to pitch just two innings, and he won’t be batting in the game, either; we’ll have to wait a couple more days to have our first taste of that particular spectacle. In the meantime, we’ll just have to settle with MAMMOTH batting practice home runs.
Shohei Ohtani put on quite the show during batting practice. He launched a homer over the batter's eye at Tempe Diablo Stadium and also hit one over the scoreboard in right field.— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) February 22, 2018
Still, I recommend just clearing out your entire day; that way you have the time to actually watch Ohtani pitch, and then you’ll have a good 8-12 hours of solid comedown time, so you can get your bearings and fully recover and recharge your brain, which will surely be put into a baseball-laden fugue state before the clock even strikes 1PM pst.
The wait is almost over, the future is just about here. Are you ready?