Japanese baseball player, Chicago Cubs infielder, World Series Champion Munenori Kawasaki is one of baseball’s biggest personalities.
Of course, most fans have probably never even heard of him.
So here’s the 30-second low-down on Kawasaki: He came over to the States from Japan back in 2012. As a 31-year-old utility infielder, Kawasaki never caught on as much of a starter, but he has played in just under 300 games during his career. But given the amount of attention, love, and adoration by the players and fans of the teams he’s been on (Blue Jays and Cubs in particular), you’d think this guy was the greatest player to ever step on the field.
- Browse through some of his dance parties and ridiculous post game interviews here,
- Watch him literally sprint around the bases after hitting his first MiLB home run here, or
- Just sit back and watch him sing Karaoke at Cubs Camp last Spring (more videos) below:
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If you somehow don’t already love this guy, just keep scrolling down. I may have one more thing to change your mind.
I recently stumbled onto an ad he did in Japan (plus some behind the scenes footage) and it perfectly sums up everything we love about Muni. So watch him dance, laugh, and slice things with a Katana dressed as a Samurai.
I don’t necessarily get it, but I definitely freakin’ love it:
And the kicker: Training with – what I can only presume to be – an ancient Japanese master should do wonders for his batting average this year.
We love you, Muni. Never change.