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Go to the video: Kawasaki does Bisons' in-game interview

By Mike Harrington

The Bisons' broadcast team does an in-game interview during each home contest, and Ben Wagner and Duke McGuire usually talk strategy with manager Gary Allenson. During Sunday's series finale against Charlotte, they tried a different idea.

Brace yourself, Toronto. It was Munenori Kawasaki.

The Japanese infielder became a folk hero in Toronto -- and earned himself a couple appearances on MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" -- with a post-game interview that went completely viral after his walkoff hit beat the Orioles last May. This one was simply epic.

So starting off with that reference to "I am Japaneeeeese", here's how Kawasaki's chat went Sunday. His English is improving for sure. Note the references to Buffalo's cold weather, coaching at first base, living in a hotel and sushi.


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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