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New York Daily News Owes Shohei Ohtani An Apology

Unless you walked by a newstand on your way to work or you saw their Tweet, chances are you missed the front page of the New York Daily News:

Judging from their steep decline in circulation, you probably did.

Make no mistake about it, the front page was an unnecessary shot at Shohei Ohtanti, and it was for the “crime” of spurning the Yankees.

As is typical with the New York Daily News, facts have not relevance here.  The front page claims he “fears big city,” which is completely absurd when you consider his final list includes Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Arlington, with is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.   But sure, he’s really afraid of the big city or big market teams.

Speaking of fear, are we really sure a 23 year who is eschewing tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars just to compete at the highest level is afraid?  Do we really want to say someone who wants to do the unprecedented in both pitching and being a position player is scared of anything?  Seems like Ohtani loves a challenge.

That’s actually backed up by the seven contenders he has selected.  In a few of these locations, he’s going to have the follow in the footsteps of some terrific Japanese players:

As we have seen with the Mariners and the Dodgers, the list goes well beyond those two legends.  Throw in the Giants, who had Masanori Murakami (first ever Japanese MLB player) and Tsuyoshi Shinjo (first Japanese player to play in a World Series), and you have someone who is not intimidated by anything.

Still, none of these facts prevented the New York Daily News from publishing something just plain wrong.

Really, it should come as no surprise.  The New York Daily News has been known by push beyond the lines of common decency for its front pages, including but not limited to, showing a blow-by-blow of how a woman was murdered.

It’s also a newspaper that once had the gall to publish an Andy Martino gem saying one of the reasons Mets fans hated Luis Castillo was because he was Hispanic.  Put another way, he was calling Mets fans racist for not liking a player who turned in this gem:

Overall, the New York Daily News published yet something salacious, incendiary, and just plain wrong for reasons they only know.  Only this time, they did it because someone had the temerity to select the baseball destination that was best for him.  If we followed their standards, we could go as far to call them racist.

However, I won’t.  I have actually standards.

4 thoughts on “New York Daily News Owes Shohei Ohtani An Apology”

  1. Gothamist says:

    IF SEATTLE HAD 30% more sunshine I bet 20 Million more would relocate to that metro area.

    As wonderful the pacific northwest is, San Diego and Orange County (Angels) also offer a great place for a ESL youngster (already in a closet away from society) to be six hours closer to Japan, great natural beauty, spring train in Arizona better access to golf and to play sports from November thru January.

    The west coast is like a different country to many NYers.
    YOU HAVE TO GO TO LA JOLLA ONCE!

    I RESPECT HIS DECISION

    THE YANKEE FANS DO NOT SEE IT THIS WAY AND LIKE MR TRUMP DEALS feeds WITH HIS SUPPORT, THE DAILY NEWS FEEDS INTO THE YANKEE FANS IDENTICALLY.

    CRITICIZE TRUMP OR THE DAILY NEWS?

    Met fans are too busy in the NY Metro rat race to save money for rainy days, too much in need to use Citifield as a brief summer escape for them to SEE HOW THE WILPONS MADE FOOLS OF THE MET FANS. (and Jacob deGrom)

    THEY DO NOT SEE HOW THE METS PAID $30-40 M for an eGames franchise after crying poverty last winter (Jay Bruce shennangins at the Baseball Winter Meetings)

    a) Seattle
    b) Angels
    c) SD
    d) SF
    e) Phoenix
    f) Dodgers
    g) Rockies

    SMART MAN!
    high quality support team!!!

    1. Five Tool Ownership says:

      http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/21665863/japanese-superstar-shohei-ohtani-narrows-list-seven-teams

      egames?

      Worse than anything Dolan or Woody Johnson would EVER do!

      The Wilpons have no sensitivity, nobility nor smarts!

      If Ohtani wanted to come here they would blow it on the proposal.
      THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW THE HUMAN SPIRIT OPERATES

      They operate for their own gain and they knew they lacked the capital to keep the team yet they screwed and continue to screw the fans!

      Met fans were sympathetic, patient and the Bruce/Egames dynamic is worse than insulting!

      SERIOUS MET Fan(atic)s are BIGGEST FOOLS IN NYC SPORTS HISTORY,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!!

      ALL SPORTS HISTORY….
      THERE ARE 99.9% silent!

      THE DAILY NEWS ALREADY IS IN THE SNY POCKET ….

      UNTIL Tronc Walks away…..

      Daily News is now about profit only….

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LDy7vn7-LX4

  2. Julian says:

    Ugh, that Castillo error…not a good moment for Mets fans.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      According to Martino, you’re just being racist

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