And really, it’s not even close.
Shohei Ohtani is a baseball player.
Why is he the greatest athlete alive, well, imagine Messi had a clone of himself that simultaneously was one of the best defenders in the world he was upfront being one of the best attackers in the world.
In the year of our lord 2023, I can say without a shadow of a doubt Ohtani holds the crowd. Giannis can’t shoot, and Patrick Mahomes can’t play defense.
What makes Ohtani special is that he can hit a home run and throw a 100 mph pitch in the same game. That’s like if a rugby player were to kick a ball skywards, then catch it and run past the entire opposing team.
This man was programmed by the baseball gods to redefine what a baseball player can be. He is a spark of irrational wonder in a small dark room that people forgot existed.
Ohtani is a living legend, trying to describe him is like telling a myth and somehow all he is, is a man that plays baseball very very well.
Here’s Ohtani up against his MLB teammate Mike Trout for the World Baseball Classic (That’s their world cup) for all the marbles. Mike Trout is one of the greatest players of all time and is considered the greatest player of his era.