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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Munenori Kawasaki Hits Walk-Off Double, Is A Post-Game Delight (Video)

Kawasaki the Unbelievable!

This is just a whole lot of fun. Kawasaki hit a walk-off two-run double off Baltimore’s struggling closer Jim Johnson—giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 win in a game they trailed 5-2 going into in the ninth—and delivered a great impromptu-yet-also-scripted post-game interview.

Kawasaki is called on camera for a post-game interview by teammate Mark DeRosa and proceeds to take the microphone and yell his name and country of origin. He then reads from prepared note cards and gets pied-and-Gatoraded. Good times all around.

Repoz Posted: May 26, 2013 at 06:33 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Esoteric Posted: May 26, 2013 at 06:45 PM (#4452695)
Seattle fans will be happy to tell you: Mune isn't a very good baseball player, but he is an absolute, utter, legit-eccentric delight as a personality. Still isn't a good baseball player with Toronto, but I'm glad that at least one other fanbase has gotten the full experience.
   2. Matthew E Posted: May 26, 2013 at 07:19 PM (#4452712)
Kawasaki's no Jose Reyes, but he has played at the top of his game just when the Jays have needed him to. I regard Kawasaki fondly.
   3. The Ghost's Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season Posted: May 26, 2013 at 07:38 PM (#4452719)
The Japanese players who have come into this league have been an interesting variety, at least the three who started with the Mariners.

Mune and Kazuhiro Sasaki have been comedians. Kazu was in a couple of those funny commercials the team makes every spring, and had no problem making fun of himself. Mune was a cutup here, too.

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.
   4. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 26, 2013 at 08:12 PM (#4452733)
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.
   5. Good cripple hitter Posted: May 26, 2013 at 08:54 PM (#4452750)
Still isn't a good baseball player with Toronto


He is (somewhat implausibly) at 0.2 Wins Above Average with Toronto, according to baseball-reference. When he first got here I was upset because of his mascot status and sub-McDonald levels of production, but as Matthew said he's done his best work in 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.


Ichiro's good for schtick, IMO. There's his "punch myself in the face" Cleveland quote, his "every now and then I like to flirt by hitting a home run" quote, his quote about hitting a walkoff in extra innings so his wife would give him some post-game ice cream, and so on. He has more funny quotes that any other player I can think of off the top of my head. 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.
   6. Esoteric Posted: May 26, 2013 at 08:57 PM (#4452752)
The Japanese players who have come into this league have been an interesting variety, at least the three who started with the Mariners
You're forgetting Hisashi Iwakuma and Kenji Johjima, both of whom are Mariners from the start (Johjima's retired now, Iwakuma is arguably one of the most underrated starting pitchers in the American League). Both are much more low-key and reticent, in the Ichiro mold.
   7. Esoteric Posted: May 26, 2013 at 09:04 PM (#4452756)
BTW, folks should check out the MLB.com highlight of Mune's walkoff double -- it is, if anything, even more joyful and happy. There are pro forma "walkoff celebrations" and then there's this...where every other member of the Jays is as thrilled as Kawasaki, and they're treating him like Rudy Ruettiger. Guy is obviously well-liked.
   8. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM (#4452819)
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.


He's trying to learn all the different hand-jive/dance moves that each teammate is teaching him. Almost all of them incorporate his signature bowing, which the fans LOVE.

I really hope there is a good reason to keep him on the MLB roster when Reyes comes back.
   9. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 26, 2013 at 11:16 PM (#4452821)
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.


It saddens me to think that in this day and age of recording devices in everyone's hands that no one thought to secretly record his All Star rant.
The fact that superstar players were excited to hear it each year means that it must have been awesome.
   10. Papa Squid Posted: May 27, 2013 at 12:39 AM (#4452834)
What I love about Kawasaki (and this year's Adam Lind) is that even though he can't hit, he seems to have a lot of quality at-bats where he works the count, etc. JP Arencibia and Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus would do well to have a similar approach at the plate.
   11. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:14 AM (#4452871)
[quoteWhat I love about Kawasaki (and this year's Adam Lind) is that even though he can't hit, he seems to have a lot of quality at-bats where he works the count,]Didn't take a lot of work yesterday; Johnson couldn't find the plate.
   12. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: May 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM (#4452911)
Best part of the clip linked in #7: As John Gibbons leaves the dugout, he appears to say something like "Looks like you're out of a job" to Jose Reyes.
   13. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 27, 2013 at 05:31 PM (#4453176)

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