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On Tsuyoshi Shinjo's birthday, we remember the time he closed out a game wearing a jersey with a picture of his face

Yes, this is a post all about Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

The eccentric outfielder turned 40 on Monday and we wanted to recount the many contributions he's made over the years:

  • As a member of the 2002 Giants, Shinjo became the first Japanese-born player to play and record a hit in a World Series
  • During his three-year career in the Majors, Shinjo wore the biggest and orangest armbands in baseball history. He also dyed his hair orange. Orange is probably his favorite color – or at least his favorite color also found on the Mets' and Giants' uniforms.


But Shinjo's greatest moment of glory may have come in 2008, when the fan favorite came out of retirement to record the final out for the Japanese Pacific League's Softbank Hawks. And yes, the strike zone is gargantuan and Shinjo is wearing a jersey with a picture of his face.

-- Matt Monagan /