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Atsushi Nomi walked through Union Square alongside teammate Takashi Toritani, heading south on San Francisco’s Powell Street in the direction of Samurai Japan’s hotel, a little after midnight Monday morning, just hours after Japan was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic.

The square was lit by the soft glow of street lamps and the light that emanated from the concentration of upscale establishments populating this part of The City by the Bay’s downtown area, but with everything long since closed for the night, there was nowhere for the Hanshin Tigers duo to go.

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