Kawasaki’s greatest moments with Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays Munenori Kawasaki raises his arm to celebrate as he is hoisted by his team after hitting a game-winning walk off double against the Baltimore Orioles in AL action in Toronto on Sunday May 26, 2013. Jays won 6-5. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

In order to clear space for the return of shortstop Jose Reyes, the Toronto Blue Jays optioned fan favourite Munenori Kawasaki following Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Kawasaki’s eccentric character makes for great entertainment and some might say it was significant enough to play a role in the Jays’ franchise-tying 11-game win streak in the month of June.

Until next time, here are his greatest moments as a Toronto Blue Jay:

An epic post-game interview with Sportsnet’s Arash Madani after hitting walk off two-run double in the bottom of the ninth against the Orioles.

‘This is too much fun’: Kawasaki makes a suprise appearance on Intentional Talk.

He spends time playing catch with fans.

One of the best victory dances ever created.

His pre-game warm up routine includes headstands, dance moves and, apparently, foam rolls — which he got Jose Bautista into.

Dance moves that make Kawasaki Refer to himself as the “Japanese Michael Jackson” and manager John Gibbons also gets a laugh.

He sings O Canada while signing baseballs.

Finally, a smile on par with that of Reyes.


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