10 April 2024

‘$1 billion’ Ohtani + ate meat with Yamamoto… the trainer paid for the meal

By pestfood.com

A meal to celebrate the first victory of Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Major League was held in Chicago on the 9th (Korea time). Shohei Ohtani, who is famous for not eating out, also did not hesitate to gather for his juniors.

The menu was Korean food. They went to a grilled meat restaurant called Yakiniku (焼き肉). Japanese media reported that they stopped by a restaurant with the trade name of “Chicago Kalbi BBQ” in downtown Seoul, where many Korean restaurants are located.

Yamamoto’s love of Korean food has become well known. When he first joined the Dodgers in February, he made headlines by saying that his first meal in LA was Bibimbap at a Korean town. He probably chose the menu out of respect for his taste.

Six people attended the event. The main character, Yamamoto, his interpreter Yoshihiro Sonoda, interpreter Will Ayreston Ohtani, and two other staff members of the Dodgers’ Japanese team were accompanied. “The food was all delicious. Everyone was comfortable and had a good time after a long time,” Yamamoto explained.

So it was time for the meal to end. Something unexpected happened. He took out the bill to pay for the meal, and of course, Ohtani took out his wallet. But one of the members of the party blocks him. “No, it’s on me today.” It was Yosuke Nakajima, the trainer.

There is a moment of silence in the seats. They look at each other’s faces and make puzzled expressions. However, he was firm. He readily took out his credit card from his wallet. (The meal is estimated to be 500-1,000 U.S. dollars including tips. It costs 700,000 won to 1.35 million won.)

Again, Yamamoto explained, “Actually, the position had nothing to do with my victory. Nakajima made an appointment in advance, saying, ‘There’s a good place in Chicago, so let’s go together to introduce me to you.’ That’s probably why people around me think I paid for it.”

Nakajima is 53 years old this year. He was the oldest among those who attended the event. In 1996, he went to the U.S. to study abroad and majored in sports medicine at Long Beach State University. He joined the Dodgers in 2003. He has already served for more than 20 years. Of course, he is close with Ryu.

A major league trainer is a kind of professional. His annual salary is known to be around 100,000 to 300,000 U.S. dollars. Nakajima is a veteran staff member of a prestigious club. He is expected to be paid relatively high.

No matter how surprising it is, the U.S. is a place where people live. “When players eat together, a person with a high salary must pay for the meal. That’s the custom. That’s why I always sit next to Manny’s wagon. That’s how I can drink expensive wine.” Kim Ha-sung said on tvN’s “You Quiz.”That’s what I said when I was on “The Show.” 고소득알바

Ohtani (10 years) is worth 700 million dollars, and Yamamoto (12 years) is worth 325 million dollars. Their combined ransom far exceeds 1 billion dollars. If we put it into our own money, it will be close to 1.4 trillion won. He beat such big names and opened his wallet without hesitation. I have nothing but respect for Nakajima’s determination and distribution.