Shohei Ohtani’s wife, Mamiko Tanaka, cheers on Dodgers star in team debut


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Mamiko Tanaka was in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday to cheer on her husband, Shohei Ohtani, because the MLB celebrity made his official Los Angeles Dodgers debut.

The ESPN broadcast confirmed Tanaka a number of instances in her Dodgers jersey and cap as she watched Los Angeles high the San Diego Padres 5-2 within the first recreation of the Seoul Collection, which jump-started the 2024 MLB season. Ohtani had a vital RBI within the eighth inning to assist in the win.

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Mamiko Tanaka, heart, spouse of Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani, watches throughout a gap day baseball recreation between the San Diego Padres and the Dodgers on the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. (AP Photograph/Ahn Younger-joon)

Tanaka, a Japanese basketball participant, accompanied her husband to South Korea a number of weeks after the Dodgers star shockingly revealed he had gotten married within the offseason. Ohtani mentioned Saturday it was the primary time that his spouse got here with him to a recreation like those in Seoul.

“So I feel it’s going to be actually nice recollections for each of us. However like I mentioned earlier, I’ve one job to concentrate on. It’s baseball,” he mentioned by means of an interpreter.

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Ohtani was additionally requested concerning the media focus whereas in Asia.

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Shohei and Mamiko arrive in Seoul

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani and his spouse Mamiko Tanaka stroll with safety through the baseball group’s arrival at Incheon Worldwide Airport on Friday, March 15, 2024, in Incheon, South Korea, forward of the group’s baseball collection towards the San Diego Padres. (AP Photograph/Lee Jin-man)

“I admire all the eye. Clearly, consideration is all the time nice, being a baseball participant and having the ability to play with these nice guys subsequent to me. I’m actually excited,” he mentioned alongside Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman.

“I’m actually used to the eye, however I simply attempt to concentrate on what’s in entrance of me, no matter it’s.”

Ohtani introduced on Feb. 29 he had married a “normal Japanese woman” he had identified for almost 4 years. Nonetheless, it was not till a later put up surfaced that includes Tanaka that her true identification was revealed.

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Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, heart, talks with interpreter Ippei Mizuhara through the ninth inning of a gap day baseball recreation towards the San Diego Padres on the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. (AP Photograph/Lee Jin-man)

Tanaka performed for the Fujitsu Purple Wave within the Ladies’s Japan Basketball League from 2019-23.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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