SF Giants It’s Opening Day!

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And I’ll cry if I want to. I didn’t think Opening Day was going to be a two Kleenex® box affair, but it was.

Kuip asked Kruk, “who does it better?” and Kruk’s answer was “nobody.”

open.4 04.10Both the performance artist who slapped paint on his canvas that magically turned into #24 and the memorial to Giants we have loved and lost, transcended standard Opening Day fare. We should know, we’ve been witness to three this past week. They were beautiful tributes to a Giant on the field and the Giants in our hearts.

My eyes stung with tears of pride as members from the cast of Hamilton sang our National Anthem, during the flag waving, and the flyover. But I cried buckets when Javier Lopez and his wife Renee introduced the Ryan Owens family to the crowd.

Ryan Owens gave his life for our country–he was killed during an attack in Yemen in January–and he was also a big Giants fan. Javy and Renee escorted the family onto the field so they could all throw out the first pitch. It was heart-wrenching, but the kids were adorable and our guys had them–and me–laughing or smiling through tears. It was a sincere Giant salute to a hero. #RIPRyanOwens

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I put a big W on the day before the game even started.

After the game was over, we got to keep the W.

The only bad news of the day–and it’s pretty bad–the DBacks’ pitcher drilled Buster Posey at the plate in the first inning. Buster’s batting helmet absorbed the impact, and he walked off the field on his own. Bochy and the trainers took him out of the game to run the concussion protocol and plan to do further examination tomorrow.

Matt Moore‘s outing was practically perfect. He pitched eight complete innings, gave up one run–it was a home run–three hits, and he struck out five. But it was Moore’s turn at the plate in the fourth inning that is the stuff of legends.

Brandon Crawford led off the inning with a double. Joe Panik drew a walk, Jarrett Parker drew a walk and the bases were loaded. Moore stepped up to the plate and gave the ball a soft tap for basically an infield base hit–ruled a fielder’s choice–that didn’t get as far as the pitching mound. All three runners scored, including Parker from first, on RTIs–runs thrown in–first on a throwing error by the DBacks’ pitcher and then another throwing error by the DBacks’ catcher. Moore made it to second. And the Giants were on the board with three runs on what amounted to a swinging bunt.

The Giants scored another run in the seventh when Hunter Pence led off with a double, advanced to third on Nick Hundley‘s productive fly out and scored on Crawford’s sac fly.

The final score was: Giants 4, Arizona 1

Kruk and Kuip were right–Nobody does it better.

Toni Cecchetti

10 April 2017

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