San Francisco Giants fans celebrate in soggy start to Opening Day

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The clay was in place and the cameras were ready to roll bright and early inside Oracle Park.

Diehard fans take Opening Day seriously. Many of them arrived outside the ballpark around the same time as the work crews.

Dave Chavez came early to get baseball cards signed by Tampa Bay Rays players, but he told ABC7 News he supports the Giants. The cards are for his collection.

"I'm pumped," Kourtnie Howerton said about Opening Day. "We live for this day and my family are big diehard Giants fans. "

Howerton's mother said she's been a fan since birth.

"I was born in '54 when the Giants won the World Series," Billie Rae Forer said.

"I'm at the ballpark," Charles Fracchia said. "I'm not coming to work today."

With so much excitement indoors, you'd almost forget that rain delays are a strong possibility come game time.

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Meteorologist Lisa Argen's forecast shows rain falling during the San Francisco Giants opener at Oracle Park.

"It's the greatest day," Eric Anderson said. "We don't care rain or shine this is the day."

"The festivities around Opening Day is always something special," Mario Alioto, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the San Francisco Giants, said. "We will be paying tribute to Willie McCovey today and Peter Magowan before the game."

In addition to its new name, Oracle Park is featuring a new scoreboard, food, and merchandise.

"What I'm interested in is what's going on the field," Pamela Dunn said. "The rest of the stuff is just icing on the cake."

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