Your New Favorite MLB Player: Munenori Kawasaki

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Munenori Kawasaki

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:

Mastering English

The other night he got a bear hug from David Ortiz, and Kawasaki’s description of the event brought tears to my eyes:

David Ortiz Is Big, Munenori Kawasaki Is Small

And when he hangs up the cleats, I guarantee you he’ll be the Japanese Letterman:

Goofing Around

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:

Ichiro Expression

Funny, it’s mine, too.

David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and is now one for Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.