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#pounditTuesday, October 19, 2021

Shohei Ohtani has funny comment about perfect game bid

Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani has been everything as advertised — but better.

The two-way phenom is living up to his “Japanese Babe Ruth” billing as he’s slugged three home runs as a hitter and notched two wins as a pitcher through the Los Angeles Angels’ first 10 games this season. Ohtani was particularly spectacular on Sunday, taking a perfect game into the seventh and striking out 12 while allowing just one hit and one walk. He was throwing 100 mph during the outing and consistently in the upper-90s even late in the game.

He was asked after the Angels’ 6-1 win whether this was his best game ever and offered a funny response.

We’re guessing his best game ever probably involved him slugging several home runs and throwing a perfect game in elementary school. But putting together that dominant of an outing after homering in three straight games as a batter adds up to one amazing stretch. In fact, Ohtani has been put into historical context with one of the all-time greats.

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