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Munenori Kawasaki is the happiest Toronto Blue Jays player ever after walkoff hit

David Brown
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Mark DeRosa said that even though he might not know what his teammate from Japan is saying all of the time, Munenori Kawasaki sure can lift up the Toronto Blue Jays.

Not only did Kawasaki come through with a two-out, two-run, game-ending double Sunday to lift the Jays to a 6-5 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, but he also gave one of the more memorable postgame interviews — in any language — in major league history.

Encouraged by DeRosa to join him for an on-field chat on the Jays postgame broadcast, Kawasaki eagerly went on camera and happily introduced himself to the crowd that had gathered, also telling them where he was from in English. He then reached into a pocked and pulled out a phrase book to help him communicate.

"My teammates gave me an opportunity, so I wanted to do something about it."

Teammates then hit Kawasaki with a double-whammy of shaving cream pie and Gatorade dunk.

In addition to what he said on the video, Kawasaki later returned to this book of phrases for the media inside of the clubhouse. Via the Associated Press:

Reading from a Japanese-to-English phrasebook, Kawasaki greeted the media after his big hit with a trio of increasingly nonsensical remarks.

''I did it,'' he said. ''Give me a hug. It was boring.''

Haha! I'm pretty sure that we can be laughing with Kawasaki, and not at him, because he was in on the joke, realizing that he wasn't making much sense. And yet it all makes sense anyway: Because that's what winning a baseball game can do to a guy. And that's easy for fans to understand, with baseball being the common language.

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