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Tokyo Dome on March 3, 2006, the first day of the WBC's Asian Round.
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Tokyo Dome
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Front entrance to Tokyo Dome. Japan plays its first WBC game and the opponent is China.
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Chinese team is introduced.
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Japan's National Anthem is played.
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Tommy Lasorda after throwing the flubbed first pitch.He just threw the ball right on the ground like he wanted to throw it away. It wasn't a pitch at all. What was his problem?
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Crowd behind homeplate. 16,000 yen seats.
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China at bat.
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Pitcher Koji Uehara, originally from the Yomiuri Giants.Unfortunately, Daisuke Matsusaka did not pitch this night.
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Ichiro in right field.
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Ichiro at bat
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Ichiro at bat
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Right to left: Ichiro hits and reaches 1st base.
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Ichiro at 1st base.
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Thanks to a homer by a teammate, Ichiro trots past 3rd base.
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Ichiro and another go round 3rd base as China looks on helplessly.
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Ichiro reaches home as the umpire makes sure Ichiro steps on homeplate.
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Head coach Sadaharu Oh (extreme right).Also on the left, see Ichiro in the dugout.
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China's pitcher and catcher in a conference.
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Tokyo Dome
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Ichiro at bat. Japan wins 18-2.
     
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