When Munenori Kawasaki returned to the Blue Jays’ clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon “the noise level rose” inside the team’s locker room manager John Gibbons said.
The noise level also rose inside the Rogers Centre on Wednesday night as the lovable fan favourite drew ovations at every turn despite scarcely factoring in the game’s dramatic outcome — a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Boston Red Sox in the 10th inning.
During Esmil Rogers’ post-game media scrum Kawasaki — ever the goofball — posed with a notepad amid the posse of reporters to ask Rogers what country he was from reference to a running inside joke between the two players in which Kawasaki challenges Rogers’ Dominican heritage because he can speak half-decent English.
“C’mon Kawa” Rogers said breaking down in laughter.
Before the game Adam Lind gleefully greeted Kawasaki as he entered the clubhouse: “Hey! Kawa!”
“Lindo! Arigato” the 32-year-old Japanese infielder cheerily replied.
And so once again Kawasaki’s