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Ex-Blue Jay Kawasaki on old team: 'Why did Toronto lose? Don’t have Kawa'

By Scott Mitchell, Toronto Sun

Munenori Kawasaki of the Chicago Cubs is interviewed during Media Day for the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on Oct. 24, 2016 in Cleveland. (Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

Munenori Kawasaki of the Chicago Cubs is interviewed during Media Day for the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on Oct. 24, 2016 in Cleveland. (Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND — Former Toronto Blue Jays utility man Munenori Kawasaki, once a Rogers Centre fan favourite, is playing the same jack-of-all-jokes bench role for the Chicago Cubs now.

He was secretly hoping to see the Jays in the World Series, but knew they were missing one ingredient.

“Toronto lose and I was very sad,” Kawasaki said Monday. “I love Toronto.

"Why did Toronto lose? Don’t have Kawa. That’s it.”

Kawasaki, known more for his off-field personality than his on-field performance during a 201-game stint in Toronto from 2013 to 2015, has appeared in only 14 Cubs games this season.

In 26 at-bats, all in the regular season, the 35-year-old has contributed seven hits and one RBI.

Kawasaki may be a bench warmer but at least his club made the World Series, right?

— with a file from Postmedia