City of LA Declares 'Shohei Ohtani Day'; Ohtani Celebrates With Home Run

Photo: Instagram/Shohei Ohtani

The City of Los Angeles celebrated its newest honorary day on Friday: "Shohei Ohtani Day." This special recognition will be held every May 17 as long as Ohtani plays for the Dodgers, which will be for at least the next decade.

The day began with a ceremony at City Hall where Ohtani was honored for his athletic achievements and his impact as a Japanese American. Dodgers officials, including manager Dave Roberts, attended the event where the city council presented Ohtani with a special resolution.

Ohtani didn’t stop there. He returned to Dodger Stadium and hit a two-run homer off the Reds’ Frankie Montas, helping the Dodgers secure a 7-3 win. "We’ll take the home run on Shohei Ohtani Day," Roberts said. "That was a big hit. We just marvel at what he does."

Photo: Instagram/Shohei Ohtani

Ohtani has made a significant mark since his MLB debut in 2018. He was named American League Rookie of the Year, became the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle in 2019, and received the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award in 2021. His homer on Friday was his 13th of the season, tying him for the Major League lead.

"Thank you very much to the L.A. City Council," Ohtani said in a statement. "I appreciate you recognizing me on this day. I want to thank the Dodger organization as well and all the fans."

The Dodgers’ lineup shined in their victory over the Reds. Mookie Betts hit a leadoff homer, and Will Smith drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh inning. Jason Heyward, returning to the game for the first time since March 30, hit a two-run homer in the eighth to seal the win.

"Today was a really good night," Roberts said. "Up and down the lineup, everyone contributed."

With Max Muncy out with an injury, the Dodgers’ depth will be crucial in the coming weeks. They’re off to a strong start, remaining undefeated on Shohei Ohtani Day.

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Source: MLB


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