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Friday BP: About those left fielders...

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The Giants had a different starting left fielder on Opening Day for the 14th straight year.

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Hello and happy Friday.

The San Francisco Giants season opener did not go according to plan, as they fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1. But it was Opening Day, and it was glorious, even if the result was less than desirable.

So instead of focusing on the game, I want to focus on the tidbit that the broadcast mentioned, and that every beat reporter has brought up a few times in recent years.

The Giants can’t find a left fielder to stick. The have now had a different starting left fielder on Opening Day for 14 consecutive seasons, a date that spans back to Barry Bonds.

Here’s what those 14 years have looked like, along with the Opening Day performance:

2007: Barry Bonds (1-3, 1 walk)
2008: Dave Roberts (1-3)
2009: Fred Lewis (1-4, 1 walk, 1 strikeout)
2010: Mark DeRosa (1-3, 1 home run, 1 walk, 1 strikeout)
2011: Pat Burrell (1-4, 1 home run, 1 strikeout)
2012: Aubrey Huff (1-4)
2013: Andres Torres (0-3)
2014: Michael Morse (1-3, 1 walk, 1 strikeout)
2015: Nori Aoki (2-5)
2016: Angel Pagan (1-4, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout)
2017: Jarrett Parker (0-2, 1 strikeout)
2018: Hunter Pence (2-4, 1 double, 1 strikeout)
2019: Connor Joe (0-1, 1 walk)
2020: Alex Dickerson (2-4)

Who will be the starting left fielder in 2021? Stay tuned to find out.


Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Hey, he did.

July 24, 2003: Against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bonds hit a walk-off solo home run in the 9th inning off of Mike Myers, giving the Giants a 3-2 win. It was his 33rd homer of the year.


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Have a great Friday, one and all.