Displaced New Yorkers and West Coast Yankees diehards packed the Big A over three games in late August and early September. Chants of "Let's Go Yankees" could be heard all the way to Disneyland.
But thanks to Shohei Ohtani, they didn't last.
In the second game of the series on Aug. 31, Ohtani made his way to third base with two outs in the fifth inning. After a swing-and-miss by Jared Walsh, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez threw across the diamond to try to stop Phil Gosselin from stealing second. Ohtani broke for home on the throw as part of a delayed double steal, sneaking his left hand past Sanchez's swiping tag to add to Los Angeles' lead in what would be a 6-4 win.
Welcome to the Sho Show, where the "Let's Go Yankees" chants soon turned into cries of "M-V-P" with nearly everyone in attendance at Angel Stadium joining in. By the next day, it was a Yankees fan in enemy territory starting up the MVP chants.
Ohtani, the 27-year-old Japanese sensation, has united all of us. Never has the world been so divided, but the one thing everyone agrees on is that Ohtani is spectacular.
"Root for him," Angels manager Joe Maddon told Bleacher Report. "Go ahead and root for him."
It might have taken a few years, but Ohtani is proving to be everything he was billed to be when he came to MLB from Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan in 2018. All of baseball saw the talent immediately, and he was rewarded with the AL Rookie of the Year title, but injuries limited him from showing what he is truly capable of until this season.