Before Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki played a little catch with some lucky fans who happened to bring along their mitts to the ballpark.
And it wasn’t simply a case of tossing the ball back and forth, these fans helped Kawasaki get some fielding work in as well by throwing him some short-hoppers.
Pretty awesome. The round of catch concluded with Kawasaki saying “arigato” (Japanese for “thank you) before throwing the ball back into the stands with a between-the-legs toss.
This is the first instance this season of major leaguers enjoying a session of catch with fans. Last September, Kansas City Royals infielder Elliot Johnson — then a member of the Tampa Bay Rays — played a game of catch outside of Tropicana Field with some fans after it was organized on Twitter. And last month, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu made memories for a young fan that will last a long time after he played catch with the boy before a game.
[H/T Big League Stew]