Munenori Kawasaki is not a slugger (.324 this season). Munenori Kawasaki is not a base stealer (0 this season). Munenori Kawasaki is not a prospect (33 years old this season). But he is a hell of an interview:
The other night he got a bear hug from David Ortiz, and Kawasaki’s description of the event brought tears to my eyes:
And when he hangs up the cleats, I guarantee you he’ll be the Japanese Letterman:
Bonus footage! Just because we’re on the subject of Japanese baseball players speaking English, this is the all-time greatest interview of anyone, anywhere. Ichiro tells Bob Costas his favorite American expression:
Funny, it’s mine, too.
David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and is now one for SportsGrid.com. Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.