Now that Jays fans have breathed something resembling a sigh of relief, following a series-tying win over the White Sox in a game where R.A. Dickey looked, for a second time (third, really) very much like exactly the ridiculous unhittable knuckleball machine that the team thought it was getting, it seems like maybe a good moment to note some of the other reasons why, despite some early disillusionment, this season is going to be a hell of a fun thing.
No, not in the “they have talent, they’ll be fine, asshole” kind of way that we’ve pretty much exhausted around here over the last three weeks. Not even in the jaws-dropped at R.A. Dickey GIFs (via gamereax) way, but in the “holy shit, Gibbers going full fuckin’ Al Bundy in the dugout, what a boss!” kind of way.
That is… just… spectacular. Hahahahaha.
But if there is character that needs to be highlighted in a mailed-in post on the awesomeness of the group– post Jose Reyes injury, of course– it’s Munenori Kawasaki.
Yes, we already knew this. Frankly, anyone with eyes already knew this, and we highlighted as much earlier in the week, with Scott Johnson’s excellent GIFfery in 7 Reasons To Love Munenori Kawasaki. Oh, but there’s more that the club’s new fan favourite shortstop has to give. Lots more.
John Lott wrote about Kawasaki in a piece for this morning’s National Post, and deepened– read: added a bunch more gold to– our understanding of him.
During batting practice Wednesday, Kawasaki did several headstands against the screen behind home plate, sat on his knees and bounced to the music from the stadium speakers, broke into raucous laughter in a conversation with Arencibia and exuberantly advised a TV interviewer, in English: “I can’t speak English because I am Japanese!”
Following his turn in the cage, he dropped his bat and batting gloves to the turf and sternly admonished them to stay put.
And then this afternoon there was more still from a similarly excellent piece from Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star:
Asked to define his style of play in his own words, he said he simply tries to have as much fun as possible on the field. He doesn’t worry much about what fans think of him.
“The only thing I hope the fans do is just enjoy it and shout, even bad things,” he said. “Just release their stress, just drink beer and watch the games. If I was a baseball fan I would just drink beers and shout during the game.”
Here he mimes chugging a beer with each hand while yelling at an imagined ballgame in front of him.
“Life is short, so why not just enjoy the game?”
Do I even need to comment on that? I mean, how do you not love this guy? And if the hits keep on coming, even better.
Fuck, maybe we can have fun this year after all, you guys.
Screencap via @Paul_Is_The_Toro.