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Still isn't a good baseball player with Toronto
OTOH, Ichiro would never speak English to the press, although he was widely reported to be fluent, and kept a conservative public profile. It was felt he used the language as a buffer against questions, giving him more time to construct an answer while his translator was doing his work, and being able to cloak his emotions. I understand that the Japanese culture may lend itself to that sort of behavior, so I am not saying that he was doing anything wrong, but I sure enjoyed the other guys schticks more.
The Japanese players who have come into this league have been an interesting variety, at least the three who started with the Mariners
During the Jays telecast, they showed a series of clips from the Toronto dugout of Mune's interactions with his teammates over the course of the season. He is freaking hilarious, and his teammates seem to completely love him.
Plus he has the non-interview stuff like visiting George Sisler's grave and going on profane rants to inspire the American League All Star team.
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