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>> Baseball phenomenon Shohei Ohtani had his worst night yet on the pitching mound on Tuesday. And the Boston Red Sox went on to crush his LA Angels ten to one. That's hardly enough o stop Ohtani fever in his home country Japan. This group tuned in from Tokyo to watch the star.
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Hoping to see him continue his roaring start of the season. He's already whacked three home runs, but instead they saw him get yanked out of the game after only two innings over a hand blister.>> I just wanted to see him longer, that's all.>> I'm disappointed, but I believe he'll show us pitching next time.
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>> Ohtani's huge debut performance in the states this season, after a high profile move from Japan, has even landed him comparisons to Babe Ruth. Then came Tuesday's loss. Still the MLB believes they've found a star in Ohtani to help spread the brand across Asia.>> Can't say that ratings right now are triple what they were last year across all of our gains.
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So, clearly, the story is resonating fans really throughout Japan, really throughout Asia. We've seen increase in social media, in ratings in our broadcast in China and Chinese Taipei and Korea. Really, I think Asia has rallied behind Shohey Ohtani.>> Next store at Tokyo's MLB Store, cashiers told us they were having a hard time as Ohtani's stuff flew off the shelves, leaving them out of stock for days.