Munenori Kawasaki doesn't always give English interviews, but when he does, they are among the best in history.
First, let's set the stage. Sunday started off as just an ordinary day. Baseball games were being played, and the struggling Toronto Blue Jays trailed the Baltimore Orioles, 5-2, heading into the bottom of the ninth.
But the Jays rallied for four runs off closer Jim Johnson, with the ball-of-energy shortstop providing the game-winning two-run double.
Mark De Rosa, who scored the winning run, began the postgame interview but quickly stepped aside so Kawasaki could have his awesome moment in the spotlight.
He didn't disappoint:
"My name is Munenori Kawasaki. I am from Japan. I am Japanese!"
After those spectacular first words, he went on to thank his teammates for giving him the opportunity to secure the clutch hit. Shortly after, he was nailed with the shaving-cream pie and Gatorade bath.
Let me just say this.
I am (sadly) a Seattle Mariners fan. I was sad when Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson and Alex Rodriguez left. I've been sad about this team pretty much my entire existence.
But when the M's let go of Kawasaki, I shed more than a single tear.
He isn't going to tear the cover off the ball, although he now has his average up to .247 after Sunday's 3-for-5 day, but he is always this excited. Always playing with passion, always giving everyone high fives.
As we now know, he gives some of the most entertaining interviews of all time.
It's always apparent that Kawasaki simply loves the game of baseball and is ecstatic to be playing it for a living, and with moments like these, he can put a smile on anyone's face.
Kawasaki wins—at everything. Forever.
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