ムネリン残留に同僚もエール 「こんなに人気ある2割1分台の打者いない」!?


我らがムネリンが、6月21日のオリオールズ戦でメジャー初となるホームランを放ち、現地でアツい祝福を受けたようだ。チー ム随一の愛されキャラ・KAWASAKIの待望の一発に、チームメートはもちろん、ファンもこぞってスタンディングオベーション。ベンチでハイタッチを終 えてもまだスタジアムの歓声は鳴り止まず、チームメートに促され、川崎が再びグラウンドに姿を見せて観客におじきをする場面も。


【動画】カナダの野球ファン、川崎のホームランに狂喜乱舞


さらに、次の打席でもファンの興奮は冷めるどころか、むしろヒートアップ。総立ちで"KAWASAKI"コールを送るなど、異様な盛り上がりを見せた。この動画を見た日本の野球ファンは、

「なんやこの人気wwwwwwwwwwwww」
「ジーター並みの大歓声やなあ」
「凄いな...なんか川崎見てたら元気になるわ」
「かっこええw」

と、現地での凄まじい人気ぶりに驚きの声を挙げている。残念ながらこの打席は、1死一、二塁のチャンスながら二ゴロに倒れたが、走者はそれぞれ二、三塁に進塁。この後、デービスが左前にサヨナラ打を放ち、ブルージェイズは見事勝利した。

ところが、これだけ人気があり活躍もしている川崎が、目下マイナー落ちの危機に瀕している。足首のケガで調整中だった正遊撃手のホセ・レイエス選手が、いよいよメジャーに復帰するというのだ。
とはいえ、今やチームのマスコット的存在である川崎のメジャー残留を熱望する同僚も多いよう。マーク・バーリー投手は「彼がそばにいるだけで楽しいんだ。たくさんのパワーをもらっている」「こんなに人気のある2割1分台の打者を見たことがないよ」と、打率では測りきれない(?)彼の存在価値を高く評価してい る。

6月23日まで11連勝中と波に乗っていたブルージェイズ。レイエスの復帰は当初24日と見られていたが、彼の復帰で仮に連勝が止まった場合にチームの雰囲気が悪くなることをアンソポロスGMが憂慮。復帰は27日以降にずれ込むとも言われていた。しかし24日のレイズ戦でブルージェ イズは1-4で敗れ、連勝がついにストップ。川崎も「9番・遊撃」で出場したものの、2打数無安打に終わった。

「チームが好調ならレイエスが復帰する必要がなくなるのでは?」と、日本のファンも川崎のさらなる延命に期待していたのだが、連勝が止まった今、果たしてムネリンの運命は...?

とりあえず、これまでのメジャーでのKAWASAKI劇場を目に焼き付けつつ、審判を待つよしよう!


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