April 6th, 2012

Authentic Opening Day

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Fans, AT&T Park, Opening Day 2012

Fans were able to watch the game on the scoreboard from the stands, the warning track and even the dugout.

More than 5,000 fans came to AT&T Park to participate in the “Authentic Opening Day” free viewing party presented by the Giants and Comcast SportsNet.  Everyone  got to see Buster Posey continue his 14 game hitting streak, and a few new of the Giants in the new road uniforms.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Fans, AT&T Park, 2012 Opening Day

Fans who came to AT&T Park were able to see what the scoreboard looks like to the center fielder.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Fans, AT&T Park, 2012 Opening Day

Fans in San Francisco were excited to cheer on their team after the Giants scored 2 runs in the 5th inning.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Fans, AT&T Park, 2012 Opening Day

Everyone was able to practice cheering for Opening Day in San Francisco on April 13.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Team, 2012 Opening Day

Before the pre-game activities players warmed up for the first of 162 games. The 49,130 fans attending the game was the 3rd largest regular season crowd at Chase Field.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012 Opening Day, Bruce Bochy, Angel Pagan, Melky Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval, Aubrey Huff, Brandon Belt, Ryan Theriot, Brandon Crawford

Bruce Bochy and his 2012 Opening Day starting lineup (not pictured: Buster Posey and Tim Lincecum)

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Buster Posey, 2012 Opening Day

Buster Posey continued his 14 game hit streak with a broken-bat single in the third inning.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan, 2012 Opening Day

Pablo Sandoval congratulates Melky Cabrera after he hit a home run to right field in the top of the 5th inning.

Quick Hits for April 6, 2012 – SF at ARI (Game #1)

TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2012 season opener…Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (13-14, 2.74 in ‘11) will face Diamondbacks’ right-hander Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88 in ‘11)…

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Tim Lincecum

HAPPY LINCECUM DAY!...RHP Tim Lincecumwill be making his 4th-consecutive Opening Day start for the Giants...the only other SF Giant with more Opening Day starts is Juan Marichal, who started 10 lid-lifters for the Giants (1962, 1964-69, 1971-73)... Lincecum is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA (3er, 17.0ip) in his 3 Opening Day starts. 

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, NY Giants, New York Giants, Photo, 1888, Polo Grounds

THE GIANTS...Will embark on their 130th season overall, 55th in San Francisco, in today’s season opener here at Chase Field...the franchise owns a 10,522-9,034 (.538) record over its 1st 129 years, which is the most wins by any ML team.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Buster Posey, Photo

HOMEGROWN ROSTER...Of the Giants’ current 25-man roster, 15 players, including Buster Posey, are considered homegrown, meaning they have been drafted by San Francisco...last season the Giants had 10 homegrown players on their Opening Day roster.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Bruce Bochy

THE SKIPPER....Manager Bruce Bochy is entering his 6th year at the helm of the Giants, and has managed 810 games for the Orange and Black...the Giants have posted a 409- 401 (.505) record during his 5-year tenure.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Gregor Blanco

THE ROSTER...Gregor Blanco was the only non-roster invitee to make the club.
• SF enters 2012 slate with 13 players from its 2011 25-man Opening Day roster.

S.F. Giants, San Francsico Giants, Photo, Brandon Crawford

THE FIRST-TIMERS...SF has 4 players making their 1st appearances on the Opening Day roster: IF Brandon Crawford, RHP Daniel Otero, IF Brett Pill and C Hector Sanchez.

S.F. Giants San Francisco Giants, Photo, Ryan Vogelsong

REHAB START...RHP Ryan Vogelsong started triple-A Fresno’s opener last night in Tucson...Vogelsong tossed 4.0 innings, allowing 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks and 6 Ks...he threw 83 pitches and did not factor into the decision...the Grizzlies defeated the Padres 3-0.

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