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Welcome back 'Goji-san'

Hideki Matsui has tried to downplay coming back home to Japan, but so far it's been larger than life.

Originally Published: March 29, 2004
By Masayoshi Niwa | Special to ESPN.com

TOKYO -- When former Yomiuri Giants star Hideki Matsui showed up at the Tokyo Dome for batting practice on Saturday afternoon, fans went crazy and screamed his name as loud as ever throughout the stadium.

It was just batting practice, but when Matsui hit a home run, they gave a storm of applause, followed by the public address: "Matsui hit a big home run, and it disappeared into the Pacific Ocean! Matsui hit a nice line drive. It could be a three-base hit! Matsui hit 10-for-12 so ...

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