Shohei Ohtani :“Remaining motivated in that way is hard,”
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Shohei Ohtani was not traded, but it seems that he is dissatisfied with the situation within the team and would like to find a new club. Ohtani certainly deserved a bigger contract than the current one. His future is under question and his contract will end in 2024.
There is clearly dissatisfaction in the team, and several players have been traded. Optimism as if it doesn't exist. “As a team, of course, you can’t continue to play with the high morale that you had when you were aiming for the postseason,” he said.
Ohtani will continue to give his best and try to help the team. The atmosphere is damaged, but somehow they will have to raise their heads and continue. “Remaining motivated in that way is hard,” “We’re not in a place where it’s good to just think that if you do what you can do in this one at-bat or one inning, or get a result against this one batter, and pile that up and just win the game,” he said.
“As a player, it’s pretty tough knowing the chances are low that a win will play a part in getting you to the postseason. But I think I’d like to do what I have to do the best I can”.
LA Angels commemorated the 20th anniversary
A few months ago, the Los Angeles Angels commemorated the 20th anniversary of their World Series title.
Michael Lorenzen talked about it; “I just remember finding out the Angels had won the World Series and we all just hopped in cars and started driving up and down the streets,” Lorenzen said. “It was really cool.
On that team, everyone loved Eckstein, the X-factor. He was the man and I loved the way he played. Just a good baseball player. And Spiezio was great with the homers he hit. Anderson, all of them were so different but so good. And Erstad was the man, too, and Mr Consistent”.
Former Angels manager Mike Scioscia believes that the club deserved to celebrate great success again. Those were the golden days of LA Angels. “You need to celebrate achievement in this game,” he said. “That’s why you pour champagne after a series win or after you make the playoffs.
Something as big as winning a world championship for an organization, particularly winning the first championship, needs to be celebrated. It’s a great time for it”. “The past 20 years have flown by and it’s important to keep these memories alive for the fans and players,” Tim Salmon told the fans at the stadium.
“I’m sure every team that wins a World Series championship says there was a special bond and chemistry, unlike any other team. Same with his team. We had the spit, grit and tenacity to overcome our April start. This team was a blue-collar team.
Check your ego at the door. It was more than just words on the wall in that clubhouse, it was a mindset backed by selfless play every night”.