The annual Patriots’ Day game at Fenway Park is notable for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s the only game on the MLB schedule that begins in the morning (11:10am, although today’s installment was delayed by rain until a few minutes past noon). In addition, the Red Sox wear their “Boston Strong” uniforms. And this year, there was the bonus attraction of Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani reviving the bygone uni tradition of a pitcher wearing a jacket while running the bases — something we almost never see anymore thanks to the universal DH.
It happened in the top of first inning, when Ohtani, who was the Halos’ starting pitcher, singled. With temperatures hovering at about 50 degrees, Ohtani called for the jacket to keep his pitching arm warm. But he had a bit of trouble with the zipper:
There is one thing in this life that Shohei Ohtani cannot do:
Zip a jacket
— Shawn Spradling (@Shawn_Spradling) April 17, 2023
Zipping up a jacket might be the only thing Shohei Ohtani can't do 😂pic.twitter.com/eKY5hyBy4H
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 17, 2023
When he singled again in the top of the second, he just said the hell with it:
obviously Ohtani doesn't wear a jacket running the bases pic.twitter.com/uPse0HgJIN
— Lorenzo (@wegoticezo) April 17, 2023
Obviously, Ohtani is the only MLB pitcher who bats on a regular basis (although other pitchers may v-e-r-y occasionally come to bat if a team executes a double-switch that forces them to lose their DH). And since he plays most of his games in southern California, he usually doesn’t have to worry about cold weather. On top of that, temperatures will soon be getting warmer, even in more northerly cities like Boston. So it may be a long time before we once again see a pitcher wearing a jacket on the bases. Whenever that turns out to be, here’s hoping the zipper works.