SF Giants: 3 most memorable Opening Days of the last 20 years

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Aerial view of Oracle Park, where the San Francisco Giants play (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

San Francisco Giants’ Opening Day may have been delayed in 2020, but fans can take this time to relive some from the past.

Everything remains on hold as MLB and the rest of the nation attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This has forced Spring Training to be placed on hold and the regular season to at least be put on hold through April.

This meant that last week, baseball fans across America missed out on Opening Day. It doesn’t matter if that meant the official first game of the season, a team’s first game of the season, or a team’s first home game, Opening Day is a moment’s occasion for all fans.

But now, at best, baseball may return in May:

Although we may be without baseball for at least one more month, we can take a look back and rejoice at some of the top Opening Day fireworks of recent memory from the San Francisco Giants.

SF Giants’ 2002 Opening Day: Barry Bonds beats Dodgers

Any game with a Barry Bonds home run was fun. Every time the Giants can walk away with a win over arch-enemy Los Angeles Dodgers is memorable. But on Opening Day in Los Angeles on April 11, 2002, Giants fans got both.

Coming off of his record-breaking 73 home run season, Bonds was the newly-crowned home run king. He confirmed his reign with not one, but two towering shots to start the 2002 campaign.

Bonds’ ended the day accounting for five of the Giants’ nine runs, adding an RBI single to go with his two home runs. His effort led the Giants to start 2002 with a 9-2 win over the Dodgers.

Besides Bonds’ offensive output, the team had a lot of help from starting pitcher Livan Hernandez. He gave up two runs on four hits with three walks across a strong eight-inning outing.

The stellar performance proved to be a preview of what was to come that season as the Giants would go 95-66 and make it all the way to the World Series. Despite pushing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a final Game 7 of the series, the Giants eventually fell.

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