USA Today: Ohtani Set to Start Game 3 When Season Opens

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - The dozens of reporters who stake out the Los Angeles Angels’ parking lot each morning, awaiting Shohei Ohtani’s arrival, staring at him while he dresses, dissecting every movement on the field, and asking him to evaluate his performance each game, aren’t around this evening.

It’s a promotional event, set up by an autograph trading card company, Panini America, which holds his rights in that space. If you want to talk to Ohtani, provided a rare one-on-one interview, you have 15 minutes to get your questions in while sitting in a private room in the back of a swanky resort.

Now, granted a limited peek, you find out he has no hobby except for those occasional golf outings with teammate Blake Wood, where on a good day, he may shoot 100. He loved meeting teammates Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, but his lifelong idol is Ichiro Suzuki. He would treasure the experience of facing him, and even bat against him, if Suzuki is serious about taking the mound.

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