The emergence of Kensuke Tanaka and his .400/.471/.400 slash line in only seventeen plate appearances has given the Bay Area a slight case of “We Love Tanaka” and can only be cured is with him regressing a bunch. So while we get hyped over his Major League contributions, we are noticing Pablo Sandoval really likes greeting him in the dugout. This was the first time I noticed it:
DEEEEEENIIIIIED. Probably because Tanaka had no idea it was coming. Well, what if we try it a day later and see if it has gotten better with practice:
Mmmmmm… not really. Looked like Tanaka was a little unsure what to do there. But Pablo wants to get his bow from Tanaka, heck when you greet somebody, who wouldn’t want to get a bow back at them? So let’s go for a third try:
大成功！(Big Success!) Normally in Japan, you’re not going to see anybody bowing the way Pablo does unless they are at a Shinto shrine saying a prayer, but even when I was a Japanese teacher I had a lot of Westerners bow to me like that, showing their respect and wanting to be part of another culture. It’s not disrespectful or anything when done to a Japanese person or somebody in Japan, it’s just something that you’re probably never going to see done in the day-to-day Japanese lifestyle if you’re over there. Still though, as untraditional as this bow may be with a Japanese person, I hope we see many more bows between Pablo Sandoval and Kensuke Tanaka in the days to come.