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During Shohei Ohtani’s visit to the U.S. Embassy in Japan, Ambassador Rahm Emmanuel presented the Los Angeles Dodgers superstar’s dog with a large replica visa.
Is it showtime or is it Sho-time!? Thrilled to meet trailblazing two-time <a href=” MVP Ohtani-san again – my lucky day. Maybe next time I’ll be fortunate enough to meet his MVPup, Decoy – this “visa” should help? I promise my bark is worse than my bite! ⚾️🐾<a href=” <a href=” <a href=”https://t.co/hzPZRPYnSn”>pic.twitter.com/hzPZRPYnSn</a>
“Thrilled to meet trailblazing two-time @MLB MVP Ohtani-san again – my lucky day,” Emmanuel wrote in the caption. “Maybe next time I’ll be fortunate enough to meet his MVPup, Decoy – this “visa” should help?”
Ohtani’s dog Decoy, whose Japanese name is Dekopin, was the subject of speculation during the two-way superstar’s high-profile free agency. The 29-year-old’s dog was first shown during his acceptance speech for the 2023 American League MVP, going viral on social media.
While many were eager to learn more about Ohtani’s new pet, some believed that its name wasn’t known because it had a connection to the team that he would sign with during his upcoming free agency. Journalist Pablo Torre relayed some of the rumors during an episode of Pablo Torre Finds Out.
This ultimately proved to be untrue, as Ohtani agreed to a record-breaking 10-year contract with the Dodgers worth $700 million. The structure of his deal is also unique, with $680 million deferred until 2034 (per Spotrac).
This was the second gathering between Ohtani and Emmanuel at the U.S. Embassy, as the two previously met in March 2023.
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