From flights to reservations, Ohtani watch at a fever pitch in Toronto
Shohei Ohtani watch has reached a fever pitch in Toronto.
With the Toronto Blue Jays believed to be one of the favourites to land the two-way superstar, social media is abuzz with rumours and speculation as Ohtani's decision looms.
ESPN's Alden González shut down rumours that Ohtani had picked Toronto Friday afternoon, noting no decision has been made as of yet.
A private jet flight scheduled to leave from Anaheim to Toronto drew the attention of many fans on X Friday, though multiple reports indicated upon it's arrival that Ohtani was not on the plane.
A post from X user Clarence Frazer drew over 650 retweets stating that Blue Jays pitcher Yusei Kikuchi had made a restaurant reservation for more than 50-plus people Friday night.
TSN's Carlo Colaiacovo noted that a listener sent that same rumour to First Up! on TSN 1050 Toronto Friday morning and cautioned it was presented on air as not a credible report.
Ohtani's ties to Kikuchi are well documented, with the two having both attended Hanamaki Higashi High School in Japan.
The Blue Jays' betting odds to land Ohtani have skyrocketed of late, with the team reportedly hosting the former Los Angeles Angels star at their spring training facility in Dunedin on Monday.
The Blue Jays were 35-to-1 to be
Ohtani’s next team at FanDuel back in September. As of Friday morning, those odds were at -115.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, however, remain the favourite to sign Ohtani, with their odds at -135 as FanDuel closed the market Friday morning.
It's unclear when exactly Ohtani will make his decision, and the wait will only fuel further speculation as Toronto hopes to land its next superstar.