All you have to do is hear the deafening roar of the crowd when his name is called to know, Toronto loves Munenori Kawasaki.
Since joining the Blue Jays in 2013, he’s been known for his outstanding dance moves, interesting stretching drills and his small book of English notes.
He’s won over his teammates and brought life to the dugout even in the Jays darkest days.
Here are just a few reasons why people love Kawasaki.
If you witnessed his reaction to the team clinching the AL East Division title (see below or here) on Wednesday night that might just be enough.
— Stephen R Brooks (@sbrooksbaseball) October 1, 2015
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 1, 2015
Even though he said the team needed champagne during their celebration he really, really likes bananas.
He eats two bananas a day because he believes “monkeys never cramp.”
You can count on him to make you laugh even during uncomfortable moments.
He really knows how to party and everyone’s invited.
Kawasaki is modest and has no problem bragging about his noodle muscles. He even flexed for the camera!
He steals the show in interviews and always remembers to thank the crowd.
We can all learn a thing or two from his interesting stretching routine.
And there is no such thing as sitting still in the dugout.
Or on planes…
No one else on the team can bust out the moves like him.
Or belt out O’Canada the way he can.
It isn’t always about baseball; he claims to be the best golfer on the team.
His son Issho was born in Toronto, he’s a “Canuck” now.
And when he leaves Toronto he really misses it – including the reporters.
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