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#pounditThursday, February 22, 2024

MLB pitcher was locked in on Shohei Ohtani rumors

Shohei Ohtani smiling

Jun 15, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) walks to the dugout before the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The entire baseball world has been sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting Shohei Ohtani’s free agent decision, including other MLB players such as former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood.

With expectations that Ohtani would reveal his new destination on Friday, people were feverishly searching for news on a minute-by-minute basis. Wood spent the afternoon on X, formerly known as Twitter, mashing the refresh button.

One of us! One of us!

MLB Network insider Jon Morosi briefly sent social media into a frenzy by reporting that Ohtani was en route to Toronto, which Dodgers beat writer J.P. Hoornstra also suggested. Those reports led fans to track flights headed to Toronto, believing Ohtani was on them.

Ultimately, both Morosi and Hoornstra had gotten it wrong with Morosi even issuing a somber apology.

The rush to break the Ohtani news resulted in some unfortunate misinformation, but that’s also part of the fun in a way. Neither Morosi nor Hoornstra intended to deceive fans and all of them will be back on social media over the weekend, Wood included, refreshing over and over again in attempt to determine Ohtani’s next team.

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