The Giants held a press conference for Takahiro Aoki at Tokyo Dome on Friday. He has been assigned the number forty-three.
Source: official announcement
May 5 - Hideki Matsui Retirement Ceremony & Hideki Matsui/Shigeo Nagashima People's Honor Award Ceremony
The Giants announced on Friday that they will not sell same-day tickets to the game because they already sold enough advance tickets.
The Giants will be handing out a Shigeo Nagashima/Hideki Matsui photo book (sixteen pages) to all fans that attend the game. A number of commemorative items (t-shirts, towels, post cards) will also become available for sale on the same day.
Nagashima and Matsui are slated to address the team during a pre-game meeting. Both will ride once around the field in a convertible with the top down before the start of the ceremony. They are also scheduled to address the fans. For Nagashima, it will be the first time he has spoken in public since he suffered a stroke in 2004.
Matsui arrived in Japan on Friday. About 300 fans and 50 members of the media greeted him at Narita Airport.
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The media learned on Friday that Kyohei Muranaka (25) filed marriage papers on March 27 with a thirty-two-year-old Yokohama woman name Yukari.
Source: Sanspo 5/3/2013