As Baseball America’s Ben Badler has made clear by way of an internet weblog post, 18-year-old Japanese right-hander Shohei Ohtani made his spring-training debut today for the Nippon Ham Fighters, with whom he signed after considering the possibility of moving straight to affiliated baseball following high school.
Embedded above is complete footage of Ohtani’s appearance versus Rakuten. Included below are increasingly less informative annotations for that same video.
0:09 — Ohtani
roars and shakes his fires in the burdened air takes the mound.
0:17 — Uniformed Japanese youth clap in unison.
1:56 — Casey McGehee appears before our eyes.
2:00 — Ohtani throws his first pitch at 143 km/h — or, roughly 89 mph.
2:07 — A man celebrates his fortune: a foul ball off the bat of the real Casey McGehee.