Munenori Kawasaki, Blue Jays fan favourite, bows out of Toronto and people will miss him
From singing his ABCs and O Canada to his odd love affair with bananas
Blue Jays fan favourite Munenori Kawasaki has taken his final bow in Toronto, as he's reportedly signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs.
The news is a little bit devastating to many Torontonians.
It's also about heart, and no Blue Jay expressed the child-like enthusiasm that comes along with that more than Kawasaki.
So as Toronto says goodbye to its resident baseball jokester, here's a look at some of his best moments with the Blue Jays.
Best moments in the Six
Always popular with fans, the 34-year-old from Japan dubbed himself a Canuck before bursting into a unique rendition of O Canada.
His singing continued to be on point when he was chatting with CBC reporter Greg Ross after the team won the American League Division Series last fall.
This time he sang his ABCs and then did his best CBC reporter impression.
Reporter Kawasaki also made an appearance during a reporter scrum with former Blue Jays pitcher Esmil Rogers.
Look at that enthusiasm. Kawasaki's walk-off double his first year with the Jays in 2013 won over even the coldest of hearts.
Besides his own shenanigans, Kawasaki also inspired plenty of goofing off with his teammates. No idea what he and Jose Bautista are up to in the dugout, but it's great.
This video is the reason that everyone always asked Kawasaki about eating bananas. His wise words, "monkeys never cramp."
'I'm drunk' Kawasaki didn't mince words when the Jays won the American League East. He traded bananas for champagne.
Finally, he never missed an opportunity to dance.
Fans take to Twitter to remember Kawasaki
Fans went into mourning when news broke that Kawasaki was headed to the Chicago Cubs. Mayor John Tory chimed in as well.
He brought great energy to the <a href="https://twitter.com/BlueJays">@BlueJays</a> clubhouse. Best of luck to Munenori Kawasaki with <a href="https://twitter.com/Cubs">@Cubs</a>.—@JohnTory
Oh, gosh. How am I going to tell my daughter about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/munenori?src=hash">#munenori</a>? <a href="https://t.co/UzvTyiuNmM">pic.twitter.com/UzvTyiuNmM</a>—@_MaJen
She paid her own $ to have his name on her jersey. When he saw, he said, "Hey! You - Kawasaki; me - Kawasaki!" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BlueJays?src=hash">#BlueJays</a>—@_MaJen
Awwww - the end of an era. Muni Kawasaki has signed with the Cubs. Bananas for everyone to celebrate his Blue Jays career—@Safimod
In mourning today. Farewell <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Kawasaki?src=hash">#Kawasaki</a> ♥ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/partingissuchsweetsorrrow?src=hash">#partingissuchsweetsorrrow</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BlueJays">@BlueJays</a> <a href="https://t.co/meNTqV9Q1Z">pic.twitter.com/meNTqV9Q1Z</a>—@cozylor