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Matsui Retirement Ceremony, Nagashima/Matsui People’s Honor Award Ceremony

by on May.05, 2013 @ 12:42 am, under NPB

Sanspo has posted some details on Sunday's pre-game ceremonies for Hideki Matsui and Shigeo Nagashima.

The game will be televised by Nippon TV, beginning at 12:45.  Nippon Hoso will provide radio coverage that begins at 13:14.

Matsui Retirement Ceremony (after 13:00)

  • Matsui will address the fans.
  • Yomiuri and Hiroshima will present Matsui with flowers.  Shinnosuke Abe for Yomiuri.  Undecided for Hiroshima.
  • Matsui and Nagashima will hop onto a convertible with the top down and ride once around the field.

Nagashima/Matsui People's Honor Award Ceremony

  • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will present Nagashima and Matsui with the People's Honor Award.
  • Abe, Nagashima, and Matsui will make speeches.  Flower presentation ceremony.  Photos.

NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato and previous People's Honor Award winners Sadaharu Oh and Sachio Kinugasa will attend the ceremonies.

Ceremonial First Pitch (14:00)

Matsui will take the mound, Nagashima will step into the batter's box, Abe will be the home plate ump, and Tatsunori Hara will catch.

Source: Sanspo 5/4/2013