I had read an article yesterday that Munenori Kawasaki was looking to sign with a National League team, so I was ready for the big news my wife gave me this morning.
My wife: Kawasaki is gone. He's a Chicago Cub now.
Me: Good riddance to mediocre ballplayers!
My wife: But he was funny!
Munenori Kawasaki was funny. That's why so many adored him and why so many are saddened today that he's signed with the Cubs. I like Kawasaki as a person, I just don't want him on my major league baseball team.
Munenori Kawasaki was less a key part of a pennant winning team and more of a mascot. And yes, this mascot will be missed.