Even Matt Barnes is in awe of Shohei Ohtani

Boston Red Sox closer Matt Barnes had nothing but praise for Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani after he hit a two-run homer off of him in Sunday’s game.

As they stepped on the field at Fenway Park on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox had enjoyed taking the first two games of their series against the Los Angeles Angels, where they outscored them 13-3. Red Sox closer Matt Barnes stepped onto the mound in the ninth-inning with a 5-4 lead, looking to close out the contest and secure the series sweep. Then, Shohei Ohtani stepped into the batter’s box and hit a two-run homer off Barnes to pave the way for the Angels’ 6-5 win.

While Barnes did blow his first save of the season, he had nothing but praise for Los Angeles’ two-way player following the game. To be specific, Barnes called Ohtani “the most physically gifted baseball player” he’s ever seen.

Red Sox: Matt Barnes has lofty praise for Shohei Ohtani following Sunday’s game

Earlier this week, we saw Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant give Ohtani huge praise for his skill-set. Now, Barnes acknowledges Ohtani’s tremendous abilities, especially as a hitter. Let’s face it, he is not the only one.

Entering the game, Barnes carried a 2.00 ERA and was a perfect nine-for-nine in save opportunities. Then, the unblemished streak ended on Ohtani’s 12th home run of the season, which is now tied for the most in all of MLB.

Speaking of Ohtani, the Angels’ designated hitter is now slashing .262/.304/.597 with 28 runs scored, 29 RBI and 39 hits through 39 games. As for pitching, Ohtani owns a 2.10 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 40 batters and walking 20 in 25.2 innings of work (five starts).

Ohtani’s list of fans continues to grow, with the latest being the Red Sox’s clutch closer in 2021.