The language barrier between Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki and his teammates hasn't limited how much they appreciate the 31-year-old Japanese star.
And while the barrier was hardly lifted Sunday afternoon, everyone got a firsthand glimpse of the energy he brings to the Blue Jays' locker room.
After going 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs in the Blue Jays' 6-5 win, one that Kawasaki ended with a two-run double in the ninth inning, he stood on the steps of the dugout while Mark DeRosa did an on-field interview. When the former Cub called over Kawasaki to the microphone, it was the shortstop's time to shine.
"Thank you very much. My name is Munenori Kawasaki. I am from Japan. I am Japaneeese!" he shouted, much to the approval of the fans in attendance who stuck around after the game and moved down toward the Jays' dugout.
Next, Kawasaki pulled out a small notebook with a list of English phrases inside.
After (once again, enthusiastically) grabbing the microphone from the Jays on-field reporter, Kawasaki went and found the phrase he wanted and proclaimed: "My teammates give me [this] opportunity so I wanted to do something about it!"
His teammates made sure to ring in the shortstop's career game the right way found him and gave him the proverbial shaving cream in the face and dumped a cooler of Red Gatorade on him.
Kawasaki is batting just .247 with 14 RBIs for the 21-29 Blue Jays, but it's safe to say he's bringing plenty of energy that can't be found in a box score.