The life of a major leaguer, the life of a legend, the life of the party, that’s Blue Jays’ infielder Munenori Kawasaki. Trying to meet any of those expectations is tough enough, but being all those things to an entire country can be an amazing roller-coaster ride.
One day you’re smiling and dancing and enjoying life as a major-leaguer, a cult hero at the peak of your personal and professional popularity. The next day you’re gone to the minors, banished only because of a negotiated circumstance, one of the few players having a remaining minor-league option. Then, as you’re trying to adjust to your new/old life in Triple-A Buffalo, one wonky hamstring and one phone call later, you’re back in the majors. On Friday we get to ask Kawasaki what that’s like. The answer will no doubt be memorable.
After two days in the minors, it did not take long for the very popular Mune Kawasaki to make his return to the Jays. Following Thursday night’s game in which Melky Cabrera had run the bases and played left field, all the while in obvious pain, the Jays announced that the tightly muscled outfielder was being placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis. Cabrera had missed 50 games with the Giants at the end of the 2012 season while serving a MLB drug suspension for performance-enhancers.