Stanton, Ohtani soap opera continues even on Sunday

If you didn’t have a calendar in front of you and only had Twitter to try to figure out what day December 3, 2018 was, you never would have guess that it was the day the Holy Bible declares ‘the day of rest.’

Throughout the course of the day, the names Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani were easily mentioned several thousand times each, yet when the clock finally struck midnight, nothing had officially happened involving the off-season’s two biggest drama kings. In other words, Sunday played out like an old-fashioned television soap opera.

To be fair, you can’t really say that nothing happened. But 99 percent of what did happen was generated by The Young and the Restless media.

It all began when early Sunday morning rumors once again linked Marlins superstar Giancarlo Stanton to the Dodgers, this in spite of the fact that there had been no known conversations between the Dodgers and Stanton or his agent.

But things went absolutely bonkers around noon when it was being widely reported on Twitter that Japanese two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani had snubbed the mighty Evil Empire, making it known that he had ‘officially’ ruled out the Yankees as a possible landing spot. In fact, if you believe the day-long rumor mill, the 23-year-old Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, Japan native had narrowed down his list of possible suitors to seven teams, of which five are located on the west coast – the Mariners, Padres, Angels, Dodgers, Giants, Rangers and Cubs. You read that correctly, the Dodgers are among the seven.

What’s most unusual about the Dodgers even being included in the Ohtani sweepstakes is as of this moment, the Dodgers have – or at least had – only $150,000 remaining in their international bonus pool wallet which, in essence, all but eliminated them in their quest to land the 6′-4″ / 203-pound left-handed pitcher / outfielder. But last week the MLB and the MLBPA ratified an agreement with the Nippon Professional Baseball league that now allows all 30 MLB teams to bid on Japanese players, including (and primarily because of) Ohtani.

As the World Turns, the crack of dawn on Monday morning brought with it a renewed media frenzy, with the headlines of nearly every major newspaper sports page having Ohtani as their lede.

(Image courtesy of New York Post)

What Tuesday’s headlines will read is anyone’s guess. But one thing is certain,

…”Like sand through an hourglass, these are The Days of Our Lives.


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