Not a bad day at the office. In the third inning Madison Bumgarner hit his 1st Major League home run which snapped the Giants 16 game homerless streak at AT&T Park, their longest stretch as a franchise since 1918. It was the 1st HR the Giants have hit at home 514 at-bats. Oh yeah, in 7 2/3 innings he also struck out 12 and didn’t walk anyone for his 8th win of the season. Astros 3 – Giants 6
TURN BACK THE CLOCK… The Giants and Cubs wore replica uniforms from 1912 today… Some elements from today’s turn back the century game include:
• The scoreboard had a vintage look and videos were not shown.
• There was a roving barber shop quartets outside the gates.
• Giants photographers, ushers, security guards, grounds keepers and other staff wore 1912 era garb.
• Only organ music was played the entire game.
From Triples Alley, guests are able to watch batting practice from a section of the warning track.
Yesterday, the Giants invited “Rookie” Season Ticketholders to a pregame party to warm up for the season. Held at Triples Alley, the guests enjoyed food, drinks and entertainment before the Giants took on the A’s.
Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez watch as a Jr. Giant asks a questions during the Play Ball Lunch Question and Answer session.
The Giants attended the annual Play Ball Lunch today, a fundraiser for the Giants Community Fund presented by Blue Shield of California. Guests had the opportunity to get autographs from players during a reception, then have lunch with the team. Each player dined with a Jr. Giant and watched a presentation, which included a question and answer session with players MC-ed by Jeremy Affeldt.
The grounds crew build the mound for the visiting team’s bullpen.
Since the last Giants game of 2011 the field at AT&T Park has been used to host Cal football, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, soccer and a variety of private events. Now that baseball is on its way back, the grounds crew is busy restoring the baseball diamond.