Muni Being Muni

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Here’s an excerpt from Munenori Kawasaki‘s recent interview with Sanspo (translation):

    You bounced back and forth between the minors and Majors.
    I was busy. But I like being busy. I was born in the year of the bird, so I love fluttering about (laughter).

    […]

    You were not planning on getting an interpreter?
    I thought I could figure things out, but things did not work out quite that well. There were times I sat through hour-long meetings and could not understand a word that was said.

    What did you do?
    I pretended I understood. Then I would go to the coaches later on and they would draw me pictures to help me understand. It was like, “Oh, that’s what they were saying.” That’s what it was like.

Bless that man. And shame on all MLB franchises if this guy doesn’t get a 40-man roster spot in 2014.




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  1. coreyerb says:

    Shame, indeed. Two years of Muni is not enough of Muni.

    It’s players like him that help me remember that a language barrier is just that, but a person’s unique personality still can come across even if he doesn’t speak the same language. I hope he and Hiro Nakajima can spend some time in the big leagues next year simply because of the joy they convey. Makes baseball more fun having guys like that.

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  2. triple_r says:

    How does Muni not have his own category?

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  3. Damaso's Burnt Shirt says:

    I already miss “Noodle.”

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  4. Perfect Teeth says:

    so kawaii ⊂((・▽・))⊃

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  5. FamousAmazingGuy says:

    Shame, indeed.

    There is no room on 40 man rosters for pets.

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    • P says:

      You may not have intended it at such, dude, but that’s. . . that’s pretty darn racist.

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      • FamousAmazingGuy says:

        I don’t recall any mention of race until you brought it up.

        The word pet can be used to described to someone receives special favour, which was how was applied.

        If somebody says they are “dressing” a fish, it doesn’t mean that they are putting clothes on it. Sometimes words have two meanings, they are called Homonyms!

        Homonyms are also simultaneously homographs and homophones, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like gay people.

        Moreover, unfounded accusations of racism are both impolite and sadly American of you.

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      • Ruben Amaro Jr. says:

        That read to me like. “If a guy is one of your best 40 players you give him a spot on your 40-man roster, if he isn’t then he doesn’t get it, regardless of how much we all love him.”

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  6. Rob Ford says:

    I liked this guy when he played in my city. Worked like a dog out there.

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