The Toronto Blue Jays infielder is just oozing with personality, and that was on full display on Sunday after he delivered his first career walk-off hit. Kawasaki has been filling in at shortstop for Toronto since Jose Reyes got hurt, and he went 3-for-5 with three RBIs including a walk-off 2-run double Sunday to beat the Baltimore Orioles.
After the game, Mark DeRosa began an interview with Sportsnet’s Arash Madani, which was interrupted by Kawasaki, who wanted in on the fun. Kawasaki played to the fans, bowed, and then hijacked the microphone from Madani. He proceeded to tell everyone his name and that he is Japanese. To top it all off, he read off note cards from a mini-book he brought with him. I can’t say for certain whether Kawasaki was joking around, but it sure seemed like the whole skit was done with tongue in cheek. This guy is awesome.
Below is a look at his walk-off 2-run double:
For more awesome reading on Kawasaki, check out this great list from SI Extra Mustard which cited 16 great reasons to love Munenori Kawasaki.
H/T LBS reader DavidGoogle+