The items on his '10 Essentials' list were:
--His perfect pillow
--Game ready ice machine
--Hard Maple bat
--Glove (different one every season)
--Heart rate monitor
--Weighted sleep mask
Shohei Ohtani's GQ interview proved that fluent English is not necessary to be the prime face of baseball.
ESPN's Joon Lee of course hit on how Shohei Ohtani not speaking fluent English doesn't have any effect on being the face of baseball in the above tweet. I agree, as I have been highly critical of Stephen A. Smith pretending there's a barrier that comes with ShoTime needing an interpreter when it comes to being the face of baseball.
Ohtani also addressed Smith's xenophobia in the interview:
Ohtani entered the United States and was immediately the Rookie of the Year in 2018, hitting .285/.361/.564 (0.925 OPS) with a 3.31 ERA and 127 ERA+. Now in 2021, he had what's been well-recognized as the greatest season in not only baseball history but in sports history. Smacking 46 home runs while driving in 103 runs and scoring 100 runs, ShoTime also recorded a 3.18 ERA to go along with a 1.090 WHIP and 141 ERA+ with the LA Angels in 2021.
Ohtani was also the fastest baserunner in the American League and played seven games in the outfield. Winning a unanimous MVP and the Commisioner's Historic Achievement award, Ohtani is clearly the top face of baseball. Not speaking fluent English didn't prevent Ohtani from being that at all.
And not speaking English didn't prevent GQ from celebrating just how interesting Ohtani is as a player, and more importantly as a person.