The title is a little misleading I know because as you might have guessed I am not actually Japanese. But you know who is? Munenori Kawasaki, the little ball of energy that has somehow electrified a mundane sporting venue known as the Rogers Centre (formerly the SKYDOME).
Kawasaki had a RBI single in the fifth inning and a key at-bat in the ninth to help the Blue Jays edge the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 on Friday and stretch Toronto’s win streak to nine games. But it’s his seventh-inning homer that tied the game 6-6 that is memorable — even if it was a little hazy for him.
Kawasaki’s home run to shallow right field cashed in third baseman Maicer Izturis and brought the 35,472 Blue Jays fans in attendance to their feet. The raucous crowd demanded a curtain call from the Japanese infielder, chanting “KA-WA-SA-KI!” as he repeatedly bowed in gratitude.
Even the First Lady can’t get enough of Kawasaki. Here’s hoping that Blue Jays G.M Alex Anthopavowels can find a way to keep him around when Jose Reyes is eligible to come back from his rehab stint. Maybe a surprise All-Star nod will help keep him around.
If Kawasaki is sent down I hope he can lend me his little translation book so I can start giving my post Slo Pitch interviews in Japanese. I’d like to become the Kawasaki of the Burlington Men’s Slo-Pitch league.