Losing to the Lovable Losers: Despite a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, the San Francisco Giants fell to the Chicago Cubs 5-3 in Opening Day 1984. Manny Trillo, Jack Clark, Al Oliver, and Joel Youngblood had two hits apiece for the Giants, but starting pitcher Mark Davis gave up 11 hits over seven innings to take the loss.
Good Start in ‘94: Opening Day 1994 on this date was a resounding success for the Giants an 8-0 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Candlestick Park. Matt Williams hit two out and drove in five runs, and John Burkett went seven innings for the easy victory.
Slugfest in ‘99: At Cinergy Field for the 1999 opener on this date, the Giants broke an 8-8 tie by scoring three runs in the eighth inning for an 11-8 thriller over the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants began the game by rouging up now-former Giant Brett Tomko, then Charlie Hayes put them on top for good with a three-run shot in the eighth.
The First of 103 Wins: 1993 ended up being a painful season, but it started out on the right foot a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on this date at Busch Stadium. Burkett pitched an effective six innings, and timely RBIs by Barry Bonds and Williams made a hard luck loser out of Bob Tewksbury.
Coming Up Short in Atlanta: The 1969 opener at Atlanta Stadium was going well for the Giants until the bottom of the ninth Frank Linzy gave up the tying and winning runs and the Giants lost to the Atlanta Braves 5-4, blowing the win for Juan Marichal in the process. Current Giants skipper Felipe Alou hit leadoff for the Braves.
Houston, You Have a Problem: The Astrodome in 1986 saw an opening day loss for the Houston Astros at the hands of the baby Giants. A young Will Clark went deep in his first Major League at bat against some guy named Nolan Ryan, and late runs secured a win for Mike Krukow, who struck out seven.
Brownout for the Padres: At Candlestick for the 1985 opener on this date, the San Diego Padres tied the game 3-3 by scoring a run in the top of the ninth inning, but Chris Brown’s lone hit of the ballgame in the bottom of the inning scored “the Hack Man” Jeffrey Leonard for the win. Old man Vida Blue got the win by getting the final out in the top of the ninth inning.
Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at firstname.lastname@example.org to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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