San Francisco Giants celebrate opening day with a win at Oracle Park

ByGloria Rodríguez and Ryan Curry, Cornell Barnard KGO logo
Saturday, April 9, 2022
SF Giants celebrate opening day with a win at Oracle Park
The Giants were able to pull out a win on Opening Day at home while the A's fell to the Phillies in Philadephia.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Friday was opening day for the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's. It comes after the Major League Baseball lockout.

"We're just thrilled that the season is starting," said Mario Alioto, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Giants. "It's the first time we've actually opened the season at home in quite a while so yes, there were some labor issues, but we feel like that's behind us. The season is starting on time here in San Francisco and we can't wait for opening day. Opening day is just a special event here at Oracle Park."

The Giants are coming off a National League West win and franchise-record 107 wins. But the team struggled with attendance last year during the pandemic.

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However, that wasn't the case on Friday, team officials say it was a sellout crowd at Oracle with 40,853 fans. The Giants beat the Marlins in an exciting fashion with a walk-off line drive that drove in the winning run.

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test were not required to enter the park.

"It's nice to have normalcy again, cheering your home team, I'm excited," said Al Morando from San Mateo.

Lucky Strike restaurant manager Ariceli Maritnez says her crew has waited a long time to welcome a hungry pre-game crowd like this.

"We've been ordering food, staffing up, hired more people, we're ready," said Martinez.

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"I'm here to watch baseball, opening day, what could be a better day," said Patrick Harvey from Sacramento.

The A's opened the season against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park where they, unfortunately, lost 9-5.

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