Shohei Ohtani chose No. 17, but joked that he wanted to wear Mike Trout's number
Turns out, Shohei Ohtani isn't just a talented pitcher, outfielder and hitter. He's got another skill, too: Telling jokes. Is there anything he can't do?
At his Angels unveiling on Saturday, Ohtani donned his new No. 17 Angels jersey, but explained that it wasn't his first choice. "I actually wanted No. 27" Ohtani said through his translator, "but somebody else was wearing that number." That somebody else just happens to be Mike Trout, so it makes sense why the new star had to pick a new digit.
The new signing then congratulated the center fielder on his wedding, which he was celebrating as Ohtani was being introduced, so clearly the pitcher/outfielder wasn't all that upset about the uniform number.
Ohtani also deflected the comparisons that have been made to Babe Ruth, saying, "In no way do I think I'm at his level. Today is the real starting point for me, and I just hope to get as close to him as possible."
Check out more from the unveiling, including Ohtani admitting that he even forgot what he was going to say to the crowd, below: