Tuesday, April 7, 2009

San Francisco Giants 2009 Opening Ceremony

The first pitches of the opening game of the San Francisco Giants were thrown by Cy Young Award winner, Tim Lincecum to the thrill of thousands of fans - see previous blog for Captain Sully Sullenberger and the ceremonial opening pitch

The opening ceremony before the match with the Milwaukee Brewers began at 1.05 pm with Voice of the Giants, Jon Miller, introducing the players.

It may not be the perfect day to play, he said, referring to the earlier downfalls and the pitch that had water-sucking machines rolling over it, but it is time for the latest chapter in the long history of the Giants!

And then with outbursts of applause from stands heaving with full-capacity of over 40,000 fans, he announced the players one by one. There was a 25-roster line up with new young players, homegrown players and familiar faces with the greatest cheer reserved for the last man to be called out, Tim Lincecum, the 2008 winner of the Cy Young Award. Tim received a standing ovation.

When the players had lined up, fans were asked to stand and remove their caps in respectful memory of former Giants players and staff who have died since the start of last season. Displayed on the scoreboard in tribute to those who had died were their names, their role with the Giants and their photos.

The Bay Area Joint Forces Colour Guard standing in the middle of the field were introduced, and then Taylor Hicks, American Idol winner, sang the National Anthem. As he finished, fireworks flared into sky above the scoreboard and red, blue and silver streamers burst over the crowds.

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