Monday, April 2, 2018

Chase Down the Rising Sun: Shohei Ohtani Faces the Hype

Twenty-three year old Shohei Ohtani took the mound for the first time in a Major League stadium on Sunday. His slender, six-foot-four frame seemed relaxed despite the situation. For years, Ohtani had been a star in Japan. On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, he was something resembling an urban legend. A pitcher who can hit towering home runs seemingly at will. A power hitter who can flirt with 100 miles per hour and then bring a sinker and a slider that moves as if it's possessed. The yoke of expectation that comes with the label of the next Babe Ruth is enough to break anyone. Ohtani just wants to play baseball.

Carpe Noctem: The Geoff Blum Story

A baseball season can seem so long that a single plate appearance can seem largely insignificant. As summer's long days turn cold and th...