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Lasting image: ALCS MVP Koji Uehara and his son

Oct 20, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

Posted below is a great photo of Red Sox closer Koji Uehara raising the ALCS MVP trophy with his young son Kaz looking on. Uehara posted an absurd 1.09 ERA and 0.57 WHIP in 74 1/3 regular-season innings for the American League-champion Sox and has already collected five saves this postseason.

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  1. dacty4491 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    The first time I saw Uehara on TV, I did a double take. He kind of looks like the goofy Japanese guy in the “Major League” movies.

    • beefytrout - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      you’ve lost your mahbles.

  2. vanmorrissey - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Where’s the beard?

  3. offseasonblues - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Great picture!

    Koji Uehara’s 2013 season was more dominant than Dennis Eckersley’s 1992 MVP season. Just sayin’.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      But, not more dominant than Eck’s 1990 season (1992 generally gets cited as his best year because he [stupidly] won the MVP that year).

      Eck 1990:
      73.1 IP
      0.61 ERA
      603 ERA+
      0.614 WHIP
      9 K/9
      0.5 BB/9
      0.2 HR/9
      18.25 K/BB

      Uehara 2013
      74.1 IP
      1.09 ERA
      376 ERA+
      0.565 WHIP
      12.2 K/9
      1.1 BB/9
      0.6 HR/0
      11.22 K/BB

  4. unclemosesgreen - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    High Fives & Papi butt slaps all around!

  5. yahmule - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I hate it when I like a player on the Red Sox.

    • ras1tafari - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      It’s hard not to like Koji if you like good baseball. He has an 89 mph fastball that ‘blows by’ hitters. It’s quite amazing to see.

  6. bigjimatch - Oct 20, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    mariano who?

  7. vincecully - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Young guy’s not going forget to his pops in that moment. So great for dad and son.

  8. rickdobrydney - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    His son looks older than him—-

    • gbreadman - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      I think you’re talking about the guy in the red hoodie, who is probably his translator. I’d guess his son is the one in the foreground (about belt high) wearing the Uehara jersey.

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