The Los Angeles Dodgers pulled out all of the stops to signal celebrity two-way pitcher/slugger Shohei Ohtani, together with utilizing a posthumous message from former Los Angeles Lakers celebrity Kobe Bryant.
Throughout their pitch to Shohei Ohtani, the Dodgers had an ace within the gap.
“One of many highlights of the entire assembly,” Ohtani mentioned.
It was a 6-year-old video of Kobe Bryant encouraging him to hitch the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers confirmed Ohtani a six-year-old video message from Kobe, which he apparently recorded for them in 2017 when Ohtani was first posted to the MLB from Japan’s Nippon Skilled Baseball League, in accordance with ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Bryant apparently talked about Ohtani by title within the video, telling him Los Angeles was the best place on Earth to play, and the Dodgers had been the very best baseball staff to safe victories with, in accordance with Passan.
Ohtani was apparently bowled over on the mentioning of his title, Passan reported.
The video clearly labored as a result of Ohtani signed an insane record-breaking $700 million cope with the Dodgers. (RELATED: Shohei Ohtani’s Contract Is Patently Absurd)
The video was “one of many highlights of the assembly” Ohtani mentioned, in accordance with Passan. “I used to be actually shocked to see it. It was a powerful and touching message,” the Japanese star claimed.
Ohtani had lengthy been an admirer of Bryant’s dedication to his craft and to his sport, Passan reported.
Bryant, who spent his complete 20 yr NBA profession as a Los Angeles Laker, tragically died in a 2020 helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter and 7 others.