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San Francisco Giants’ Emotional Home Opener: Fan Reaction
Just when some fans, including myself, were beginning to grow worried that the San Francisco Giants wouldn't find their way in 2012, they have shown us exactly why we shouldn't worry. After the Giants got swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks, they were able to bounce back and take two of three from the Colorado Rockies. (Thanks, in part to, an absolute gem thrown by Barry Zito on April 9 and another by Madison Bumgarner on April 12.)
The Giants returned home on April 13 for their home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants stormed out of the gates and looked great as they scored two runs early to support Matt Cain in his second start of the year. After Tim Lincecum failed to bounce back from his first start, Bumgarner came back strong and Cain looked to do the same—and that's exactly what he did. Cain dominated the pirates and threw a one-hit shutout—the Giants' second shutout in their last four games. Cain was actually on track for a perfect game until his counterpart, opposing pitcher James McDonald, hit a two-out single on a one-ball, two-strike count in the top of the sixth inning.
I really thought today would be the day that Matt Cain would get his no-hitter that he so rightfully deserves. He is the beacon of quality starts in the majors and is the Giants' workhorse. His performance on Opening Day at AT&T Park was inspiring and proved that at least for now, he is worth the five-year contract extension he signed on April 2. I will forever be a Cain supporter, simply because of what he brings to the Giants—consistency. I don't think I have ever regarded a Giants' pitcher as highly as I do Cain.
Cain's stellar performance came after a sobering moment during the pre-game ceremonies. Bryan Stow—the Giants' fan who was beaten outside of Dodger Stadium last March—was on the jumbotron and offered some words to his son, Tyler, who threw out the first pitch. "Tyler here's your ball. Good luck, son," Stow stated. Just moments later, he lowly spoke, "Go Giants." There was not a dry-eye in the ballpark as the obvious progress Stow has made in his intense rehabilitation flooded the hearts of Giants fans with hope for him and sadness from what events put him in that state.
Hopefully Cain being on the mound brought Bryan and his family some momentary happiness as his personal battle continues. I know that Cain's performance is only the beginning of some great things to come for the Giants this season. I now see just what the Giants are capable of when they are clicking on all cylinders. If anything, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner might be the two pitchers to take note of in the 2012 season for the Giants. Lincecum looked out of whack in his first two starts, but hopefully he'll gather up the pieces and move forward.
With the Giants' offense seemingly in the right place and their pitching knuckling down, this is going to make for one heck of an NL West showdown.
David is co-founder of wrapupp sports blog where fresh content is posted daily and present sports blogsand sports opinions - all with a West Coast bias. Growing up in the Bay Area, David is a huge supporter of all the local sports teams; the Giants, Athletics, Warriors, Sharks, 49ers, and Raiders. His one fault, admittedly, as many of his friends and family would say, is his love for the Los Angeles Lakers . Growing up, Magic Johnson was his favorite basketball player and he fell in love with the team. He chalks it up to, "Not knowing any better". Now his love for sports has turned just as academic as it is intuitive and he follows most all sports all over the nation.
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MLB.com. Giants vs. Pirates Recap. MLB 2012.
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