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

By Dzintars Grinfelds
An aerial view of Oracle Park, where the SF Giants play. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
An aerial view of Oracle Park, where the SF Giants play. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Madison Bumgarner, SF Giants
Madison Bumgarner, SF Giants (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

SF Giants’ 2017 Opening Day: Madison Bumgarner goes deep, twice

The previous two options included a record-breaking home run hitter going deep twice and a starting pitcher doing something unheard of in an Opening Day. So how could there be a third and final memory that tops those?

How about a combination of the two? Well, Madison Bumgarner did just that on Opening Day of 2017.

The Giants started their 2017 season on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a matchup between All-Star pitchers Bumgarner and Zack Greinke.

Enter the fifth inning with nobody on, no outs, and a 1-2 count. Despite being in a pitcher’s count, Bumgarner saw a belt-high mistake from Greinke and took him deep with a laser shot to the left field bleachers at Chase Field to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.

Bumgarner struggled slightly after that and allowed three runs. But he would make up for it all in the seventh inning with his third at bat. He came up to the plate with the game tied 3-3, but that changed with another swing of his bat with a deep home run to left field off of LHP Andrew Chafin.

His power display made history as Bumgarner became the first pitcher in MLB history to hit two home runs on Opening Day.

Despite giving the Giants the lead, Bumgarner would watch from the bench as the game was ultimately lost in the ninth as Mark Melancon blew his save opportunity in the ninth inning.

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