After a stormy evening, San Franciscians experienced a perfect day at AT&T Park. Pregame festivities began with the introduction of the 2012 and 1962 Giants. The 41,138 fans were also treated to a fantastic flyover by the pilots of Lemoore Naval Air Station and a touching tribute to Giants fan Bryan Stow. Matt Cain kept the excitement going with a complete game shutout.
Pablo Sandoval, who has hit safely in all 6 games to start the season, high-fives down the line.
Jim Davenport and Alvin Dark (l-r) in the dugout before the Opening Day ceremony where the 1962 Giants team was honored.
Jeremy Affeldt escorts Tyler Stow off the field after he threw out the first pitch in honor of his father, Bryan Stow.
Cy Young Award winners, Mike McCormick laughs with Barry Zito before they Jon Miller introduces them to the crowd.
The VFA-192 “Golden Dragons” from Lemoore Naval Air Station thrilled everyone in the ballpark with their spectacular flyover.
Center Fielders, Willie Mays and Angel Pagan discuss the finer point of baseball during the pregame ceremonies.
Willie McCovey, Orando Cepeda and Gaylord Perry are presented with watches by members of the 2012 team.
Matt Cain allowed one hit in his complete game shutout.
TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Matt Cain (0-0, 7.50) will face Pirates’ right-hander James McDonald (0-0, 3.00).
THE GIANTS...Will open their 13th season at AT&T Park today with the 1st of 3 games against the Pirates before the homestand continues with a 3-game series against the Phillies beginning Monday night...today will mark the Giants’ 55th home opener in San Francisco.
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ON THE MOUND...RHP Matt Cain will be making his 2nd career home opening start (also 2008)...Cain has just 1 career win against the Pirates (July 19, 2009) in 8 starts.
THANK YOU GIANTS FANS...Last season the Giants set an all-time single season atten- dance record in their 129-year history with 3,387,303 fans...it surpassed the previous record of 3,277,244, set in 2001...the Giants sold out all 81 home games last season and have sold out their last 84 consecutive regular season home games, dating back to 2010.
YESTERDAY AT COORS...LHP Madison Bumgarner held the Rockies hitless through 5.1 innings before Tyler Colvin tripled with one out in the bottom of the 6th...it was the 5th time in the last 4 seasons that a Giants pitcher had a no-hitter through at least the 1st 5 innings of a game at Coors Field.
RYAN THERIOT... Was the Opening Day shortstop for the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals... batted .271 (120-for-442) with 26 2Bs and 47 RBI with Cards last year, hitting mostly in leadoff spot... Made 87 starts at shortstop (91 games) and 17 starts at 2nd (35 games) in 2011.