by
Greek Giant

Today is another holiday, Giants fans. Yes, I am referring to the 2024 season’s home opener at Willie Mays Field. The Giants face the Padres at 1:35 PM. Dylan Cease of San Diego will face Jordan Hicks. The Padres are 4-5 and seem to be a different team compared to last year’s under-achieving bunch.

The Giants enter the game with a disappointing 2-5 record after their season-opening seven-game road trip in Southern California. But that’s in the past. Today is a day for optimism, crab sandwiches, sunny skies, baseball and San Francisco! Oh I wish I could be in attendance. There is nothing like taking the walk to Willie Mays Field, passing the statue of the Say Hey Kid and walking up the ramp into our gorgeous park with its views of the bay!

There will be pre-game ceremonies and optimism, nervous ballplayers and the hopes of a city, all watching with excitement.

Here is a look at previous opening days in San Francisco Giants history (courtesy of Baseball Almanac):

76 04-15-1958 vs Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0 W 43-31-2
77 04-14-1959 vs Chicago Cubs 2-5 L 43-32-2
78 04-12-1960 vs St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 W 44-32-2
79 04-11-1961 vs Pittsburgh Pirates 7-8 L 44-33-2
80 04-10-1962 vs Milwaukee Braves 6-0 W 45-33-2
81 04-16-1963 vs Houston Colt .45s 7-0 W 46-33-2
82 04-14-1964 vs Milwaukee Braves 8-4 W 47-33-2
83 04-20-1965 vs Pittsburgh Pirates 1-3 L 47-34-2
84 04-12-1966 vs Chicago Cubs 9-1 W 48-34-2
85 04-18-1967 vs St. Louis Cardinals 1-2 L 48-35-2
86 04-10-1968 vs New York Mets 5-4 W 49-35-2
87 04-17-1969 vs San Diego Padres 5-4 W 50-35-2
88 04-07-1970 vs Houston Astros 5-8 L 50-36-2
89 04-12-1971 vs San Diego Padres 5-0 W 51-36-2
90 04-21-1972 vs Houston Astros 3-7 L 51-37-2
91 04-09-1973 vs San Diego Padres 2-1 W 52-37-2
92 04-05-1974 vs Houston Astros 5-1 W 53-37-2
93 04-11-1975 vs Atlanta Braves 2-4 L 53-38-2
94 04-09-1976 vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 W 54-38-2
95 04-15-1977 vs Los Angeles Dodgers 1-7 L 54-39-2
96 04-07-1978 vs San Diego Padres 2-3 L 54-40-2
97 04-10-1979 vs San Diego Padres 4-2 W 55-40-2
98 04-17-1980 vs San Diego Padres 7-3 W 56-40-2
99 04-09-1981 vs San Diego Padres 1-4 L 56-41-2
100 04-13-1982 vs San Diego Padres 3-2 W 57-41-2
101 04-05-1983 vs San Diego Padres 13-16 L 57-42-2
102 04-03-1984 vs Chicago Cubs 3-5 L 57-43-2
103 04-09-1985 vs San Diego Padres 4-3 W 58-43-2
104 04-15-1986 vs Houston Astros 3-8 L 58-44-2
105 04-06-1987 vs San Diego Padres 4-3 W 59-44-2
106 04-07-1988 vs San Diego Padres 6-1 W 60-44-2
107 04-10-1989 vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4-7 L 60-45-2
108 04-13-1990 vs San Diego Padres 3-8 L 60-46-2
109 04-15-1991 vs Los Angeles Dodgers 1-2 L 60-47-2
110 04-14-1992 vs San Diego Padres 0-4 L 60-48-2
111 04-12-1993 vs Florida Marlins 4-3 W 61-48-2
112 04-04-1994 vs Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 W 62-48-2
113 04-28-1995 vs Florida Marlins 4-0 W 63-48-2
114 04-12-1996 vs Chicago Cubs 4-1 W 64-48-2
115 04-01-1997 vs Pittsburgh Pirates 2-5 L 64-49-2
116 04-07-1998 vs Houston Astros 5-4 W 65-49-2
117 04-08-1999 vs San Diego Padres 12-4 W 66-49-2
118 04-11-2000 vs Los Angeles Dodgers 5-6 L 66-50-2
119 04-02-2001 vs San Diego Padres 3-2 W 67-50-2
120 04-05-2002 vs San Diego Padres 3-1 W 68-50-2
121 04-07-2003 vs San Diego Padres 7-4 W 69-50-2
122 04-12-2004 vs Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 W 70-50-2
123 04-05-2005 vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 W 71-50-2
124 04-06-2006 vs Atlanta Braves 6-4 W 72-50-2
125 04-03-2007 vs San Diego Padres 0-7 L 72-51-2
126 04-07-2008 vs San Diego Padres 4-8 L 72-52-2
127 04-07-2009 vs Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 W 73-52-2
128 04-09-2010 vs Atlanta Braves 5-4 W 74-52-2
129 04-08-2011 vs St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 W 75-52-2
130 04-13-2012 vs Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 W 76-52-2
131 04-05-2013 vs St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 W 77-52-2
132 04-08-2014 vs Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3 W 78-52-2
133 04-13-2015 vs Colorado Rockies 0-2 L 78-53-2
134 04-07-2016 vs Los Angeles Dodgers 12-6 W 79-53-2
135 04-10-2017 vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 W 80-53-2
136 04-03-2018 vs Seattle Mariners 4-6 L 80-54-2
137 04-05-2019 vs Tampa Bay Rays 2-5 L 80-55-2
138 07-28-2020 vs San Diego Padres 3-5 L 80-56-2
139 04-09-2021 vs Colorado Rockies 3-1 W 81-56-2
140 04-08-2022 vs Miami Marlins 6-5 W 82-56-2
141 04-07-2023 vs Kansas City Royals 1-3 L 82-57-2