Saito dressing in Japanese attire to lighten the mood

Trying to do his part to keep the Braves loose, and fulfill an old request from Brian McCann, reliever Takashi Saito has worn traditional Japanese attire to and from the ballpark the past two days.

He’s been decked out in a black print yukata, a thinner, summer version of the traditional Japanese kimono, wooden sandals known as geta, and two fake swords with red sheaths. He wore a similar get-up as a rookie with the Dodgers in 2006, only the sheaths were Dodger blue.

“We had lost a couple games in a row and everyone was in kind of a sad mood,” said Saito through his interpreter. “I couldn’t really speak English that well then so I couldn’t really tell a joke to pick everyone up. I figured I’d just wear something funny to pick everyone up.”

Saito said the Dodgers went on to win six or seven games. It just so happened that the Braves were in town during that winning streak, and McCann saw Saito dressed up one day walking to the indoor batting cage at Dodger Stadium.

“I thought that was the coolest thing I’d ever seen,” McCann said.

McCann had asked him to wear it early in the season and reminded him a couple of days ago.

“Since we won yesterday I thought I’d wear it again today,” Saito said Tuesday afternoon.

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Miles

September 28th, 2010
8:44 pm

haha thats cool

Kat

September 28th, 2010
8:54 pm

Haha, that’s great and made me laugh. Thanks for posting this Carroll.

Bring up Conrad

September 28th, 2010
9:09 pm

Attaboy Brooksie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You Know

September 28th, 2010
9:20 pm

twj

September 28th, 2010
9:28 pm

Seriously where are the pics DOB?

calzone

September 28th, 2010
9:28 pm

This is silly without pictures.

c. tampa ironworse

September 28th, 2010
9:30 pm

That’s awesome! Now if he’d only throw a “Ninja Death Star” at McLouth so he can’t mess up the Braves outfield anymore.

c. tampa ironworse

September 28th, 2010
9:34 pm

And on a simiar note…Farnsworth came dressed as a no talent Huckleberry with zero control.

flatFork

September 28th, 2010
9:34 pm

Mac must have been thinking about this in the bottom of the 6th as he was plodding down the third base line and flopping like a beached whale ten feet up from home plate. Geez.

Mr. Neutral

September 28th, 2010
9:41 pm

Hey C Tampon If you can’t support the Braves, go be a cancer on a Rays website.

ATLgirl

September 28th, 2010
9:51 pm

agreed! we need pics!

Hawes

September 28th, 2010
10:20 pm

And he’s going to have to dress like that for the next four games, too.

Darryl Blackberry

September 28th, 2010
10:52 pm

どもありがとう、デヴィッドさん! しかし、写真はどこですか? 

Go Braves!

LuisG - Win-it-4Chipper-&-theFans

September 28th, 2010
11:01 pm

So Saito can still contribute! Braves won again; keep the streak alive!

Runnin

September 28th, 2010
11:07 pm

”どうも” の ”う”を 忘れた、 ~|;o)

kwajbraves

September 28th, 2010
11:11 pm

McClouth should dress as Frodo. He sure hit like a hobbit.

kwajbraves

September 28th, 2010
11:15 pm

On a serious note.. Cubs 2-0 over SD

the truth...

September 28th, 2010
11:16 pm

Keep wearing the damn kimona!!!!

Innocent Bystander

September 28th, 2010
11:49 pm

Thanks for the great story, Carroll. I’d definitely like pictures of this. Or of J Hey dressed as big bird.

Steve7.62

September 29th, 2010
8:24 am

seems every person on the planet carries a camera anymore, so why no photo??

Brava

September 29th, 2010
12:14 pm

Love this story! Kudos to Takashi for doing what he can to inspire the Braves.

Carroll, please, please, please get us a photo.

JonnyVenter'sLeftArm

September 29th, 2010
2:24 pm

I hope he’s prepared to wear it again today.

Tami

September 29th, 2010
2:24 pm

uhhhhh….tell Saito to NOT stop wearing it!!! It’s working!!! LOL

Tami

September 29th, 2010
2:25 pm

P.S. そして、斉藤に彼が揺れると話してください!

#31

September 29th, 2010
2:29 pm

pictures or it didnt happen.

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