The San Francisco Giants kick off the regular season with their first home game this Friday, April 9th. Believe it or not it is Springtime in the city. Yeah, I know this last weekend felt more like November. But alas, the sun is back and what better way to rally for sunshine than to head out to AT&T Park and enjoy the beautiful weather in South Beach.
When things start to warm up for baseball season, AT&T Park is a great place to spend a little time. A far cry from the vacant and windy Candlestick Park games of years past. You can run over an grab an afternoon game during the regular season and head right back to work or enjoy some tacos and tequila as Tres Agaves nearby. I’m hardly a die hard fan myself, but I really love hanging out at the park. It’s an intimate jewel of a stadium and honestly the beer and food options, though the may be a bit spendy, are superb – Gilroy garlic fries, hey O!
Friday’s game also kick’s off a six day home stretch. The Giants will be hosting the Atlanta Braves the the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bonus: Fireworks for Opening Night Saturday’s game. w00t!
A sample of what you may find on Friday at Third and King if you make it out:
Opening Weekend kicks off April 9 with Opening Day vs. the Braves. San Francisco’s own Matt Nathanson will perform the national anthem (seriously, if you don’t know this guy, go download “Come On Get Higher” RIGHT NOW) and the first pitch will be thrown out by a mystery San Francisco sports legend. Toss out your guesses on Twitter (address to @sfgiants or tag it #sfgiants), and no, it’s not Barry Bonds.
But speaking of Bonds, he’ll be at AT&T Park on April 11 as part of the 10th anniversary of the first regular-season game played at the yard. Other guests from that 2000 National League West championship team include Rich Aurilia, Marvin Bernard, Ellis Burks, Felipe Crespo, Bobby Estalella, Shawn Estes, Aaron Fultz, Mark Gardner, Jeff Kent, Ramon Martinez, Bill Mueller, Robb Nen, Armando Rios, Kirk Rueter and J.T. Snow.
The night before that, Tim Lincecum will be honored for winning his second consecutive Cy Young Award, with postgame fireworks also planned.
Here’s a sampling of some of the giveaways planned this year:
Six bobblehead giveaways include this awesome Willie Mays “The Catch” bobblehead on May 16 (the Giants started the bobblehead craze with a Mays bobblehead back in the ’90s) … read more on “A Sneak Peak“
The 10 day forecast on Weather.com 65 and Sunny at the time of this post
- 359. SF Giant’s 2011 Opening Game Viewing Party
- Congratulations to THE San Francisco Giants on their World Series WIN!
- 21. Get Outdoors for Opening Day On The Bay
- 214. Watch Game 5 of the World Series at The Civic Center Plaza
- 23. Mavericks Earth Day Weekend Beach Cleanup or Rebuilding San Francisco Together