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Yomiuri Giants manager Tatsunori Hara wrapped an arm about Shinnosuke Abe, one of his longest-serving veterans, as they walked toward the left-field stands at Yokohama Stadium, where their fans were waiting to greet them with rapturous applause.

The pair, who have been through so many years and so many championships, found a way to share a quiet moment amongst the noise as the streamers the fans were dropping onto the field coated the area in front of the wall in a bright shade of orange.

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