If you don't know who Munenori Kawasaki is, you might want to learn. That's because the Japanese baseball player who is now playing with the Toronto Blue Jays after a mid-season call-up is taking the team, the city, and now the Internet by storm after a postgame interview on Sunday that one outlet is calling "one of the greatest postgame interviews ever."
Here's how Yahoo sets it up:
With Toronto down 5-2 to start the bottom of the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles, Kawasaki eventually found himself at the plate with the score 5-4 with two outs and runners on first and third. The veteran of two title-winning World Baseball Classic squads then sliced a Jim Johnson pitch to left-center that proved to be the game-winner. Following his walk-off double that gave the Jays a 6-5 victory over the O's, Kawasaki then gave one of the greatest postgame interviews ever.
Sportsnet reporter Arash Madani tried to interview Blue Jays player Mark DeRosa, who was the runner to score on Kawasaki's hit. But DeRosa quickly called Kawasaki over. That's when the magic started:
He first grabs the mic from Madani:
Then he declares he is "Japaneeeeeese!"
DeRosa admits he "can't follow that and leaves," while Kawasaki takes out a small notebook -- apparently with either some translations or prepared remarks -- and then delivers a small speech:
He's then quickly hit with a shaving cream pie and a Gatorade shower:
Watch it all unfold below: