The Giants played a game out at Nagano Olympic Stadium last night, the former home (or at least one of the homes) of the Shinano Grandserows. That's the team where Masumi Hoshino played out his 2009 season. And it seems Hoshino spent about 200,000 yen out of his own pocket to invite 50 people to the game.
In other team news:
Shinnosuke Abe was in the back by a pitch last night and replaced by a pinch-hitter. He later told reporters, before boarding the team bus, that he was alright.