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Challenges of playing at Wrigley await confident Fukudome

Updated: December 20, 2007, 2:25 AM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Kosuke Fukudome caught the attention of the Chicago Cubs during the 2004 Olympics in Athens with a rare combination of skills and a confidence that accompanied his talent.

When it came time for Fukudome to decide on his future, the Cubs took the patient approach, giving him space. But once he was ready to leave Japan, they pounced.

"It pretty much wasn't a secret how much we wanted him," general manager Jim Hendry said Wednesday as the Cubs introduced their new right ...

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