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After an offseason to forget, a home opener not worth remembering

SAN FRANCISCO – It was an off day at the bay.

The kind of day – 57 degrees and drizzling rain – when only the die-hard fans head to the ball game.

The problem for the Giants is that there are no longer enough die-hard fans to fill Oracle Park for an Opening Day game on Friday afternoon.

Do not get me wrong; it was a great crowd. The lower shell was filled with engaged and optimistic fans.

And it was a good timeout, aside from the weather, the cost of concessions, the lack of star players, and the Giants losing 3-1.

But there weren’t 40,711 butts in the seats—a sold-out crowd, as the Giants announced in the 7th inning.

I’m not naive enough to buy that.

Some old-fashioned journalists say that the upper deck was three-quarters full of the mosaic with a lot of green seats between the black and orange. On the Giants’ official website, there were plenty of seats available on the first pitch.

A “sold out” crowd watches the Giants and Royals in the fourth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Friday. (Dieter Kurtenbach/Bay Area News Group)


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