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.