Hoping to leave the pandemic behind, SF Giants fans cheer for nearly everything on Opening Day

Hoping to leave the pandemic behind, SF Giants fans cheer for nearly everything on Opening Day

After two years of the pandemic and a labor dispute that nearly disrupted the season, Giants fans welcomed their team – and baseball – back with a roar Friday at Opening Day at Oracle Park.

For the first traditional Opening Day in three years, the Giants welcomed a ballpark full of fans, who were thrilled to be back, instead of cardboard cutouts, limited numbers or required COVID vaccinations or tests.

“There is nothing like baseball,” said Julio Emaculate, an entrepreneur who lives in the Mission District and sells baseball caps. “And baseball is back.”

Clad in orange and black, fans arrived early for pregame revelry, souvenir shopping or to be amongthe first into the ballpark. They lined up outside Willie Mays Gate an hour before it opened, and waited to get into bars and restaurants across King Street from the ballpark.

The SF Giants Opening Day launched to the delight of an enthusiastic Oracle Park crowd. The defense of their first NL West title since 2012 began with an afternoon game against the Miami Marlins. Video: San Francisco Chronicle

Boaters, including a flotilla of at least 30 kayaks and a handful of stand-up paddleboarders, joined sailboats, fishing boats and a few yachts in McCovey Cove, just beyond the right field wall. Some waited for home run balls but others seemed satisfied to enjoy a day in the sun outside of Oracle Park.

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