Opening Day 2010 in San Francisco

Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to attend my 9th Opening Day in a row! There's something special about Opening Day. Its a new year, the slate is wiped clean and you believe your team has a chance to have a winning season! The past few years hasn't been easy for Giants fans, but this year's Opening Day felt different. There was a buzz in the air hasn't been there for a while.

We got to the City early, 2 hrs ahead of game time. There was so much excitement in the air as we walked up to the park.

1-Park
1-Park
2-WillieMaysPlaza
2-WillieMaysPlaza

There's even a new restaurant at the park. What started out as 24 (where I celebrated a birthday in 2000), became the ACME Chophouse, and is now is the Public House and a taqueria (weird mix).

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3-PublicHouse

I love seeing the park adorned in red, white and blue.

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4-ATTPark

And was so happy to get my Opening Day calendar! I track the wins/losses and scores every day on it throughout the season.

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6-Calendar

Even though we've been coming this park for 10 years, there's something special about taking in the views for the first time each season.

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5-SayHeyKid
7-BONDS
7-BONDS
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11-BehindCF
12-BayBridge
12-BayBridge

After waiting all winter, I finally got to Centerfield, where all the good food is.

While this stuff looked good...

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8-CFfood

I had to stick with my machos nachos...

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9-Orlandos
10-Nachos
10-Nachos

After we ate, we continued walking the park. This is a shot of McCovey Cove from the arcade, where we have a tile with our names engraved on it.

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13-McCoveyCove

We finally settled in our seats. I've taken this photo a gazillion times but I still love it.

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14-CokeGlove

Then it was time for the festivities to get started:

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15-PitchingMatchup
16-Balloons
16-Balloons

As the balloons came up, I wondered why the dugout was empty. Then the music started, the centerfield gates opened and Bruce Bochy led the team out on the field. I'm not going to lie to you, I was blown away. It was a stirring sight to see the skipper running solely ahead of the team he's leading this season. Yes, I was brought to tears.

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17-Entrance

Then the Star-Spangled Banner began and I knew that the flyover (one of my favorite things about Opening Day) was imminent.

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18-Flag
22-Celebration
22-Celebration

Then Jerry Rice came out to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Steve Young:

The video cuts off Jerry Rice dropping back into a route and Steve Young throwing another perfect pass out to him.

Then it was game time. Here's the first pitch of the 2010 home season:

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25-FirstPitch

To be honest with you, the first 8 1/2 innings were pretty boring. But after such a magical start (yes I used that word), I knew it couldn't end on a low note.

The G's tied it up in the bottom of the 9th and then we went to extras...

...to the 10th:

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27Goingto10

...then the 11th:

26-Ks
26-Ks

...eventually the 13th and Bobby Cox got thrown out (this might have been the 12th). At this point, I was expecting to have a redo of the 7th inning stretch in the 14th...

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28-BobbyCox

We knew the game had to end soon cause the birds were making their way in:

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29-Birds

Finally, Juan Uribe stole a base and Aaron Rowand got the game-winning RBI:

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31-GameRBI

At the end of the day, the Giants still stood at the top of the standings:

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32-Standings

And we got to hear Tony Bennett sing, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", as he does after every home win!

The Giants slogan this year is "Its Magic Inside." At first I thought it was stupid, but after an epic Opening Day, I must say, it REALLY was magical!

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33-Endofgame

Can't wait to be back at the park tomorrow for the 10th anniversary of the park celebration, and the return of the 2000 team!