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Japanese get Yankee education

Facing the Yankees was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for some Japanese pros, but a nuisance for others.

Originally Published: March 31, 2004
By Mai Yoshikawa | Special to ESPN.com

TOKYO -- Alex Rodriguez admitted that the exhibition games between the Yomiuri Giants and the Hanshin Tigers were not much more than "a good orientation for the two big games coming up," but the hosts took it more seriously.

For Japanese baseball fans, the opportunity to see the New York Yankees live in action without having to go through a 14-hour flight is more than a dream come true, and likewise for the players of their country it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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