Munenori Kawasaki “drawing”
In the last game of the 2013 season (a Sunday afternoon home game), I was one of the people giving Kawasaki a standing ovation as he came to the plate in the top of the 8th to pinch hit for J.P. Arencibia. He was consistently a bright spot in a dreary season.
When I left the SkyDome, I paused at the guy with the collection of pop culture star pictures on Blue Jays Way and looked at the Kawasaki. Out of curiosity, I asked how much it was. The answer was $20, my curiosity was satisfied, and I began to walk away. “Fifteen,” he interjected. I really had no intention of buying one, so I said, “Nah, I’m good.” He came back with a $10 and it crossed my mind that Munenori and the zeitgeist might never meet again, so with a bit of “what the hell,” I made this impulse buy.
Welcome back to the majors, Munenori Kawasaki.
(Upon closer inspection, they basically take find some images, do some scratchy “brush” effects on then, and print a colour copy. This was almost a relief as $10 to produced hand-drawn replicas would be crazy-low wages.)