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Shohei Ohtani’s fan who was also in the Philippines Reasons for giving love from Southeast Asia where baseball is not popular | THE ANSWER

Pitcher Shohei Ohtani, who has been in the US Major League Baseball for the fifth year, has established himself as a dual wield pitcher who overturns the common sense of baseball. His polite and boyish appearance attracts not only Japanese and American baseball fans but also men and women of all ages. Why is this guy so loved? The “Portrait of Shohei Otani, a human being” serialized in “THE ANSWER” features articles that talk about the number 17 from various standpoints during the season. We will unravel not only the ability but also the charm of the junior generation who aims to become a top athlete like Otani.

We asked a woman from the Philippines, who is not popular in baseball, about the charm and wishes of Otani[Photo: Getty Images]

The second series “Portrait of Shohei Otani, a human being” is an overseas fan. A woman cheering from the Philippines, where baseball is not popular.

Pitcher Shohei Ohtani, who has been in the US Major League Baseball for the fifth year, has established himself as a dual wield pitcher who overturns the common sense of baseball. His polite and boyish appearance attracts not only Japanese and American baseball fans but also men and women of all ages. Why is this guy so loved? The “Portrait of Shohei Otani, a human being” serialized in “THE ANSWER” features articles that talk about the number 17 from various standpoints during the season. We will unravel not only the ability but also the charm of the junior generation who aims to become a top athlete like Otani.

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The Japanese are not the only ones cheering for Otani. The second is two overseas fans who support Otani. The second person to be introduced in the second part is Fatima Sabundayo, a 39-year-old female fan from the Philippines. Why was it attracted to Japanese people who are active in foreign countries from the island nations of Southeast Asia, where baseball is by no means popular? She told me about her charm, which even says, “I’m not Japanese, but I’m proud of it,” and her wish for Otani. (Interview / text = THE ANSWER editorial department / Shutaro Wada)

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The Philippines is popular for boxing and basketball. There is no professional baseball league here, and it is positioned as a minor sport, but there was a woman watching the Angels game every day from her home in Manila, the capital.

Sabundayo, who played softball in high school, was not originally an avid baseball fan. However, in July of last year, I was fascinated by the highlight video of Otani posted on YouTube.

“I just appeared in the recommended video, but I took a look at it. After watching that video, I was watching more and more videos about other Otani. I was searching for it before I knew it. I was also looking into the match. I became a fan. “

I learned about Otani’s existence before the ball banquet last season. His work is freelance and flexible in time. He started watching TV every day with his 19-year-old daughter. “He’s a big name, so there’s always some article out there. I’m reading it.” It is essential to collect information after work at night.

Last season, he hit 46 home runs and threw 9 wins, making him an American League MVP. He recalled such an activity as “an unbelievable bubble.”

“Various people would have used different words to describe him. But I can only say umbilical. It’s a historic feat, the Incredibles. I can’t describe him in any of the finest words. I can’t believe it. It’s amazing. “

Otani, who doesn’t smell like money, is a “new type of superstar.”
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