Twelve batters came to the plate in San Francisco's half of the first inning.

Twelve batters came to the plate in San Francisco’s half of the first inning.

It was a Korean bar-b-q at Dodger Stadium today. Hyun-Jin Ryu got filleted, grilled and served on a platter as the Giants blasted out six runs in the first inning of Opening Day 2014.

They tacked on two more in the second, and eight was enough. Even though the Dodgers rallied some in the middle innings, San Francisco held on to win 8-4.

On the historic side, Vin Scully — surrounded by his grandchildren — threw the ceremonial first pitch to Sandy Koufax, backed up by all the former Dodgers who can still amble the stadium on their own two feet: Ron Cey, Tom Lasorda, Orel Hershiser, Fernando Valenzuela, Tommy Davis, Don Newcombe … I’m probably forgetting someone. It was a lovely moment before the horrors began.

Double Take
We saw the first use of instant replay in a baseball game at the Ravine, and it was horrible. A close call at second as Hanley Ramirez tried to steal was overturned when the whiny baby Bruce Bochy complained to the umps. This is not a good thing, this second-guessing bullshit. If I were a major league manager, I would refuse to ever do it, just on principle. (I’m beginning to think I might be too idealistic for this modern world of ours.)

 

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