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Adored Matsui will be big loss to Japanese baseball

In being a national hero in Japan, Hideki Matsui's departure to the majors will be felt in his homeland.

Originally Published: November 13, 2002
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

After playing his final game with the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome last Saturday night, center fielder Hideki Matsui left the field for the clubhouse and began taking off his uniform so he could shower. As he did so, his fans remained in their seats, chanting his name and demanding his return so loud and so long that Matsui finally had to put his uniform back on and go back to the field for an emotional curtain call.

MATSUI! MATSUI! MATSUI!

"I was truly moved, extremely moved by ...

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