Shohei Ohtani is running MLB free agency this year, along with the MLB Winter Meetings, and he may not even be there. We believe the Chicago Cubs are one of the teams that are still in the running to acquire his legendary services, but at the end of the day, the only person who has a beat on anything is Ohtani himself.
Tuesday alone, we had multiple reports of all the following rumors (in who knows what order): the Cubs are in the hunt, the Toronto Blue Jays are the favorite in the hunt, Los Angeles is where he wants to live, Blue Jays met with Toronto in Florida, the San Francisco Giants have emerged as favorites, the Cubs are not in the hunt at all, and a final decision between will come down to Toronto and Chicago.
Did you get all that?
Again, the only person who has any idea of anything in this process is Ohtani. This is how he wanted it and asked for business to be done. And now, the national media is attacking him for that.
National media throws a hissy fit for Shohei Ohtani controlling his narrative.
Buster Olney of ESPN wrote an article about how Ohtani handling his business in private is bad for baseball. He claims that it’s not in the spirit of what the annual meetings are supposed to be.
Are you kidding me?
Here’s the translation: “I have no idea what you’re going to do and you won’t tell me, so I’m going to try to use my platform to shame you into doing what we want.”
Olney, Bob Nightengale, and everyone else who just wants to throw something at the wall until it sticks can go kick rocks. They’re only mad because they’re not allowed to know. They’re acting like children.
Ohtani is the best thing to happen to baseball since the 2016 Chicago Cubs. The buzz all the different fan bases have around them for even being considered to land him is absolutely electric. I know for me, personally, it’s brought me out of my shell to create more content in the name of having fun.
When he does eventually sign somewhere, it’s still going to be awesome. This is going to go down as the greatest free agency signing of all time and all the media is going to do is whine about it because they didn’t have it first.
Grow up, Buster.