Shohei Ohtani Delivers Heartwarming Surprise for Young Fan Before Dodgers Game

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani
Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani / John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani gave a young fan an unforgettable moment ahead of Thursday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Albert, a young pediatric patient at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, was in attendance for the game, but little did he know that there were much bigger plans in store for him than just watching from the stands.

Ahead of Thursday's game, which happened to be Ohtani's promotional bobblehead night, Albert got the opportunity to meet the superstar. Ohtani hooked the young fan up with an autographed jersey before revealing to Albert that he'd be taking a trip to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in what was an incredibly wholesome moment.

Albert had a priceless reaction to the news that he'd have the honor of throwing out the first pitch, as his jaw quite literally dropped open in surprise.

In addition to the jersey, bobblehead and the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, Albert and his family were gifted suite tickets to take in Thursday's game.

Ohtani and the Dodgers helped create a lifelong memory for the young fan, who looked totally stunned and taken aback at the outpouring of love from the organization and his favorite player.

Karl Rasmussen


Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.