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Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks manager Kimiyasu Kudo admitted to feeling a little bit nostalgic on the eve of this year’s Japan Series matchup against the Yomiuri Giants.

Kudo was a pitcher for Yomiuri the last time these two clubs vied for the crown. That was in 2000 during the famed O-N Showdown, which featured a managerial matchup between legendary former Yomiuri teammates Sadaharu Oh, who led the Hawks, and Shigeo Nagashima.

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