Sportress of Blogitude

728×90 Ad Unit

Munenori Kawasaki plays catch with fans at U.S. Cellular Field (video)


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]