Koji Uehara shines in Game 5 of ALCS
BOSTON (WHDH) -- At 38-years-old, Koji Uehara is the oldest player on the Sox team but celebrates like a rookie; whether it's high-fiving everyone in sight or jumping into David Ortiz's arms.
Memorabilia seller Phil Castinetti had to rush out to find some Koji autographed balls for fans who are coming out of the woodwork.
“Now all of a sudden he’s a star,” said Castinetti, Sportsworld.
So, it's about time Sox fans learned how to pronounce his name and not just Koji, his last name too. Who better to ask for a sports figure's name than Boston Mayor Tom Menino?
“Koji…I’m not going to try [the last name], no way” Menino said.
Nicole Schrafft is excited about this year's Sox team and Koji Uehara in particular.
“He’s foolproof. He’s great, he never misses,” Schrafft said.
Pretty amazing for the guy who was forced into the closer role, only when two other high priced arms went down. But fans say that makes him perfect for this team.
“That’s the story of the Red Sox. Low expectations and here we are, so it’s wonderful to see someone shy like that,” said Kirk Smith, Koji fan.