On today’s edition of ESPN’s shitty show, First Take, Stephen A. Smith made some comments that are certainly controversial in today’s day and age:
“The fact that you got a foreign player that doesn’t speak English, believe it or not, I think contributes to harming the game to some degree, when that’s your box office appeal. It needs to be somebody like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, those guys. And unfortunately at this point in time, that’s not the case.”
“When you talk about an audience gravitating to the tube, or to the ballpark, to actually watch you, I don’t think it helps that the No. 1 face is a dude that needs an interpreter so you can understand what the hell he’s saying, in this country. And that’s what I’m trying to say.”
Obviously the show is about giving a hot take opinion to create views and I am 100% taking his words out of context. Smith later tried clarify his comments on Twitter :
“In the United States, all I was saying is that, when you’re a superstar, if you could speak the English language, guess what, that’s going to make it that much easier (and) less challenging to promote the sport,” Smith said. “That’s all I was saying.”
Ohtani leads the MLB in home runs and is going to start the All Star game as both a pitcher and DH. I think he is doing just fine while learning a new language, Stephen A.