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I should have known better than to predict the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks would win the 2003 Japan Series in five games over the Hanshin Tigers.

After seeing first hand that crowd at Koshien Stadium during Games 3, 4 and 5 of the Series, I believe it was virtually impossible for the Hawks to win more than one on the road in that hostile environment, and it is (now) not surprising the Tigers swept all three home contests.

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