NARITA, Chiba -- Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani returned to Japan aboard a flight from the U.S. city to Narita International Airport here on Nov. 21 and was greeted by about 250 enthusiastic fans.
The 24-year-old player won a Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award for the 2018 season after he was recognized as the best first-year player in the American League.
At the airport, Ohtani appeared at the arrival lobby in a suit. He looked healthy despite having had surgery on his right elbow in October and acted shyly when fans cheered, "You did it!"
Minoru Utsugi, a 41-year-old company employee living in Saitama Prefecture, said, "I saw the broad back of the rookie of the year. On top of his batting, I expect he will pitch well again soon."
(Japanese original by Nanami Kako, Narita Bureau)