Shohei Ohtani Praises Ashley Kelly's 'Ohtake17' Campaign: 'Greatest Videos I've Seen

Japanese Star Ohtani Embraces Humor in Dodgers' Campaign.

by Faizan Chaudhary
Shohei Ohtani Praises Ashley Kelly's 'Ohtake17' Campaign: 'Greatest Videos I've Seen
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In an unprecedented display of sportsmanship and camaraderie in Major League Baseball, Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese sensation, has left fans and critics alike in awe. The remarkable athlete recently made headlines for his generous gesture towards Joe Kelly's wife, Ashley Kelly, gifting her a brand new Porsche.

This extraordinary act was in recognition of Ashley's creative 'Ohtake17' videos, part of a marketing campaign aiming to attract Ohtani to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers, a team already steeped in fame, witnessed a unique form of team spirit and engagement from Joe and Ashley Kelly.

The couple, particularly Ashley, embraced social media to champion the recruitment of Ohtani during his free agency. Their efforts reached a whimsical peak when they humorously renamed their son Kai to 'Shokai', blending Shohei’s name with their child's, in a playful bid to entice the star player.

Ohtani Praises Kellys' Effort

Ohtani, known for his reticence, recently broke his silence about the Kellys’ campaign. Speaking at the Dodgers Fest event, he expressed his amusement and appreciation for the videos. "Those were some of the greatest videos I've watched.

Had a great laugh at it," Ohtani remarked through his translator, Ippei. The camaraderie extended beyond social media antics. Before Ohtani’s induction into the Dodgers, Joe Kelly, who previously donned the jersey number 17, graciously vacated the number for Ohtani, opting for 99 instead.

Ohtani acknowledged this significant gesture, understanding the deep personal value of a jersey number to a baseball player. These heartwarming stories were part of Ohtani's inaugural interaction with Dodgers fans. At 29 years old, Ohtani is set to make a striking appearance in the Spring Training and is expected to continue dominating the American League (AL) batting statistics in the upcoming season.

With Ohtani's inclusion, the Dodgers, boasting an already impressive lineup, are now considered strong contenders for the World Series title. This fusion of sportsmanship, humor, and strategic marketing underscores a new era in MLB, where player interactions extend beyond the field, fostering a sense of community and excitement among fans and players alike.

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