Koji Uehara is a legend no matter where he is in the world.
The 42-year-old reliever has returned to pitching in Japan after spending nine seasons in Major League Baseball. While stateside, he gained fans far and wide during stints with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, pitching lights out to help the Sox win the 2013 World Series, while also getting selected to the 2014 All-Star Game.
But now he’s playing with the Yomiuri Giants, who he previously played with from 1998-2008. He made his season debut with the Giants on Tuesday night in the Tokyo Dome, and as soon as his entrance song “Sandstorm” began playing, the fans went absolutely nuts.
Prepare to watch in amazement:
What an awesome moment.
Uehara became a crowd favorite in the MLB for his stellar relief pitching, often capping off his outings with a series of jubilant high fives.
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