April 2, 2001. Fourteen years ago today. My 22nd consecutive Opening Day (#36 coming in a eleven days), and second at the new ballpark, at that point still called Pacific Bell Park. The Giants, managed by Dusty Baker, hosted the Padres, managed by Bruce Bochy.
The Padres had one future Hall-of-Famer in their lineup, Tony Gwynn, who had two hits and an RBI on the day. Their starting pitcher was veteran Woody Williams, who between San Diego and St. Louis won 15 games that season. I'll go out on a limb and guess that Williams isn't remembered much these days. However, he pitched for 15 seasons in the big leagues, won 132 games, made an All-Star team, and started Game One of the 2004 World Series. He also made an estimated $50 million dollars as a player.
The Giants' lineup looked like this:
- Marvin Benard, cf
- Rich Aurilia, ss
- Barry Bonds, lf
- Jeff Kent, 2b
- J.T. Snow, 1b
- Russ Davis, 3b
- Armando Rios, rf
- Bobby Estalella, c
- Livan Hernandez, p
Livan was doing well, shutting down the Padres and picking up an RBI to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Barry made it 2-0 with the first of his 73 homers that year. The Giants ended up winning, 3-2, with Robb Nen striking out the side in the ninth.
Here are some of the opening ceremonies from that day: