They steadied their cell phones to get images of him, while others held up his Los Angeles Angels jersey and signs written in Japanese.
According to MLB.com, 240 members of the Japanese media
were in attendance. Fans tuned in from Japan local time at 5 a.m.
For Shohei Ohtani, it was showtime.
It's been estimated that Ohtani's value could be worth as much as $200 million, though the Angels are only paying the Japanese star the league-minimum salary of $545,000 per year due to the MLB's collective bargaining rules.
Ohtani, however, did pocket a one-time signing bonus of $2.3 million.
While the cameras clicked and mobile phones were trained on Ohtani, the 23-year-old member of the Angels, who had made his major league debut on Thursday as a designated hitter, took the pitching mound for his first major league start.
Ohtani is attempting to do what many think is impossible: play in Major League Baseball doing both.
On Thursday, Ohtani singled in his first at-bat, going 1-for-5 at the plate. He joined Hideki Matsui, Kaz Matsui, Tsuyos