An All-Star opening

Except for the final score, Tuesday’s Opening Day, the 50th in San Francisco, was a grand celebration, and even folks who left disappointed by the game’s outcome will never forget the pageantry.

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For those with a deep appreciation of baseball history and especially the rich history of the Giants, the pregame ceremonies were a special treat, with 27 of the 44 players who have represented the San Francisco Giants in the All-Star Game in attendance. I think the players enjoyed it as much as the fans, as evidenced by Will Clark’s enthusiastic fist pump at the grand ovation he received, Juan Marichal’s two-armed wave to the crowd and Mike Krukow’s great big grin as each was introduced.

As most already know, AT&T Park will host the 2007 All-Star Game and its related festivities. While more people than can possibly be accommodated obviously want tickets to the Midsummer Classic itself on July 10, tickets are already on sale right now for two other All-Star events: the DHL All-Star FanFest at Moscone Center and All-Star Sunday, which includes the Futures Game and the Legends and Celebrity softball game. The Futures Game is particularly cool, since it features some of the top prospects in the game, many of whom you’ll see in the Majors very soon.

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