Travel by railroad from mainland Japan to the northern-most island of Hokkaido and you will see Shohei Ohtani. Of this, I’m certain.
A couple of days ago, I stared for nearly two hours directly into an advertisement bearing his image in the crowded, standing-room only section of a train.
Arrive at Sapporo station and it’s the same deal. Ohtani’s face is on posters near both ends of the terminal. His picture was next to the map of the city in the middle of the station too.
Ohtani, 23, is everywhere these days in Japan, including back on the mound.
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