Jays Win 11th in a Row, Munenori Kawasaki Does Victory Dance (Video)
The Toronto Blue Jays entered the 2013 MLB season with the highest of expectations after making several blockbuster moves during the off-season. But just two months in, the Jays were the owners of an embarrassing 23-32 record and many were already labeling them as the league’s biggest disappointment.
And then June happened.
After going 4-4 through their first eight games of the month, the Jays reeled off 11 straight wins, tying a franchise record and moving themselves above the .500 mark for the first time this season. Their current winning-steak has them back in the AL East and AL Wild Card races, as they sit just 5.0 and 3.0 games back, respectively. It’s quite an improvement for a team that was 10 games under .500 at one point earlier this month, and with the injured Jose Reyes on the verge of returning to a line-up that has featured several hot bats as of late, the Jays could be ripe for a run at playing some meaningful October baseball for the first time since they won the World Series back in 1993.
Unfortunately, Reyes’ return may also bring about some bad news, as it could result in the demotion of Jays infielder and fan favorite, Munenori Kawasaki, should manager John Gibbons choose to stick with eight arms in his bullpen. If the Jays choose to take that route, they wouldn’t be losing much offensively or defensively, but they would be losing a great teammate that has become an integral part to the team’s locker room chemistry, thanks to stuff like this:
That’s Kawasaki performing his victory dance on a plane, as the Jays made their way to Tampa following a 13-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
Munenori may only be batting .228 with one homer and 17 RBIs in 149 at bats with the Blue Jays this season, but there are some things that statistics cannot account for, and dance moves like that is one of them.
Hopefully Gibbons will choose to keep Kawasaki, but should he get sent down, don’t be surprised if Jays fans respond with a campaign to “FREE MUNENORI!”
Hat Tip – [@JoeyBats19]