Koji Uehara’s son Kaz was ready to party like ‘crazy’ after World Series win (Video)

Kaz-UeharaHad it not been for a series of injuries, the Boston Red Sox may not have had the best closer in all of baseball this year. You could easily make the argument that the Red Sox would not have won the World Series without Koji Uehara. And if they didn’t, we would not have been treated to his son 7-year-old son Kaz’s fantastic postgame interviews.

Uehara spoke through a translator to FOX Sports’ Erin Andrews after the Red Sox clinched the American League pennant and World Series title, but Kaz seems to speak perfect English. On Wednesday night, Kaz spoke for the city of Boston when asked how he was going to celebrate the improbable victory.

“Crazy,” he said.

Kaz also told Big League Stew’s Mike Oz that it felt “quite good” to be in the middle of a World Series celebration and that “my dad closing the game” was the key to victory in Game 6. The kid’s a boss.

Uehara picked off a runner to seal a crucial victory for Boston in Game 4 and then fittingly recorded the last out of the Game 6 clincher. Koji and Kaz will be two of the most memorable faces for Red Sox fans from their team’s 2013 championship campaign.

Koji Uehara records final out to clinch World Series (Video)

The Boston Red Sox completed a huge turnaround, going from last in the AL East last season to winning the World Series this year. They switched managers, dumped their big contracts and brought in several key pieces. And then everything just seemed to click.

What better represented the change of the organization than seeing John Lackey, who was dreadful last year and a disappointment in 2011, go 6.2 innings for the Game 6 win, and Koji Uehara, an underrated signing, close out the game?

With the exception of the walk-off home run allowed in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays, Uehara was almost flawless this season. It was fitting to see him whiff Matt Carpenter for the final out of the World Series, which marked the first time since 1918 that the Red Sox celebrated a World Series win at Fenway Park.

How can you not love a celebration like this?

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Kolten Wong picked off by Koji Uehara to end Game 4 (Video)

Maybe Boston Red Sox cloer Koji Uehara would have retired St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran for the final out of Game 4 of the World Series and preserved the win. Maybe Beltran would have found a way to keep the inning alive with a runner on first and the Cards would have rallied. Because of Kolten Wong, we will never know.

Wong, the St. Louis infielder who entered as a pinch runner following Allen Craig’s one-out single in the ninth inning, was picked off at first base by Uehara to end the game. His run meant very little with the Cardinals trailing 4-2 and down to their last out.

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Koji Uehara startles Shane Victorino with vicious high-five (Video)

Koji-Uehara-smacks-Shane-VictorinoIn addition to establishing himself as one of the most effective setup men in baseball this season, Boston Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara has also earned a reputation as the league’s most aggressive high-fiver. When Uehara does his job in preserving a lead for Boston, his teammates need to be on their toes.

Apparently Shane Victorino has yet to figure that out. Uehara pitched a perfect eighth inning on Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox to preserve 4-1 lead for the Red Sox and followed his performance by smashing the hands of his teammates in the dugout. Victorino was not prepared, which led to a smack across the chest from Uehara. Here’s the hilarious moment in GIF form, courtesy of NESN:


The Flyin’ Hawaiian won’t be making that mistake again. There’s no sitting down when Uehara comes off the field — period.