The Eagles announced today that they will be installing a board that counts down the days until opening day near the West Entrance at Sendai Station. An unveiling ceremony will be held at 11am on February 24.
Senichi Hoshino is apparently scheduled to throw the ceremonial first pitch on March 10 (exhibition game vs Lotte at Muscat Stadium. Head coach Koichi Tabuchi will be the catcher. The reason: to give fans something to look forward to, especially since Masahiro Tanaka will be playing in the charity game at Tokyo Dome the same day. That means there also will not be a Tanaka vs Yuki Saito match-up the following day on March 11 when the Eagles take on the Nippon Ham Fighters.