Munenori Kawasaki is one of the most energetic players in Major League Baseball, and he proved it Sunday after the Blue Jays rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning. Kawasaki hit the game-winning, walk-off double to give the Blue Jays a 6-5 win, but he then produced one of the most hilarious post-game interviews you will ever see.
The 31-year-old from Japan began the season in Triple-A with the Buffalo Bisons, but he’s been a much needed spark for the struggling Blue Jays ever since joining the team last month.
His call-up came after the Jays’ star shortstop Jose Reyes was placed on the disabled list with a severe left-ankle sprain, and he’s taking the opportunity in stride while becoming an instant hit with the local fans in Toronto.
Kawasaki began his career in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in 1999 with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks where he made a name for himself as a speedy shortstop with a solid bat and a great glove.
The rising star went on to being named an All-Star eight times in the Pacific League before coming to the MLB in 2012 with the Seattle Mariners. His stay in Seattle didn’t last long as he was released by the team in October of 2012 after only 61 appearances.
His career received new life when the Blue Jays signed him on March 13th this year. He only appeared in two games while playing in the minors for the Buffalo Bisons before he got the call to the big club.
On Sunday, Munenori Kawasaki came through in the clutch with a walk-off double that scored J.P. Arencibia and Mark DeRosa for a 6-5 win over a division-rival in the Baltimore Orioles.
The critical at-bat was fun to watch, but his post-game interview topped it all. Mark DeRosa was originally being interview, but he quickly brought in Kawasaki by saying, “Come on Mune, this is his interview!”
Kawasaki took DeRosa’s call in stride and grabbed the mic right out of the reporter’s hand. Here’s Munenori Kawasaki’s hilarious interview after the comeback win on Sunday night.
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