Ex-Giants sluggers reuniting 

If you can get Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent to attend the same reunion party, it must be an extra-special occasion.

While the former Giants stars were not exactly the tightest of teammates during six years playing together — capped by a dugout brawl in 2002 — the pair will share the same field again for the 10th anniversary of AT&T Park’s opening before the April 11 game against the Atlanta Braves.

The reunion — which comes two days after the Giants’ home opener — will bring together more than a dozen members of the team that played in the ballpark in its inaugural season, the team said Wednesday.

Kent and Bonds weren’t best buddies, but their combined effort on the field helped the Giants win the National League West in 2000 and reach the World Series in 2002.

“It’ll be quite a fun time I think for all Giants fans to be reunited with Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent ... and many others that were with that 2000 team,” team President Larry Baer said Wednesday during a press event.

Without prime-time sluggers like Kent and Bonds, the Giants have suffered on the field in recent years.

However, the neighborhoods surrounding the waterfront ballpark continue to thrive since the Giants moved in, said Katherine Webster, president of the South Beach/Mission Bay Business Association.

“I have watched all of the new [residential buildings] go up, the population increase and the businesses expand,” Webster said, adding that new businesses continue to move in.

Around 28 million fans have streamed into the stadium for games since it officially opened April 11, 2000, Baer said.

While Bonds has retired, the Giants will pay tribute to two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum on April 10.

One of the more exciting aspects to the season, Baer said, is that fans can now purchase tickets for as low as $5 for home games because of the team’s new dynamic-pricing system.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

 

Thanks for the memories

The Giants are celebrating the 10th anniversary of what is now called AT&T Park.

2000 The $357 million waterfront ballpark opens April 11. Pacific Bell Park, as it was called then, is the first privately financed stadium in Major League Baseball history. The Giants go on to win the National League West.

2001 Barry Bonds hits his 71st home run Oct. 5, breaking the single-season record. A team-record 3,227,244 spectators file through the turnstiles.

2002 The Giants return to the World Series for the first time since 1989, losing to the Anaheim Angels in seven games.

2003 Under first-year manager Felipe Alou, the Giants take the NL West in dominant fashion, winning 100 games.

2004 Bonds wins an unprecedented seventh NL Most Valuable Player award. The stadium name is changed to SBC Park for corporate reasons.

2005 The Giants retire Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry’s No. 36 and erect a statue honoring Juan Marichal.

2006 Bonds, who missed most of the 2005 season, passes Babe Ruth for second place on the career home run list by smacking No. 715 on May 28. The stadium name is changed again, to AT&T Park.

2007 A banner year for AT&T Park as the All-Star Game is played in The City. Not to be outdone, Bonds passes Hank Aaron for the most home runs in baseball history when he clubs No. 756 on Aug. 7.

2008 The Giants go into rebuilding mode as the team celebrates its 50th anniversary in San Francisco.

2009 Tim Lincecum wins his second NL Cy Young Award in just his second full season in the majors, the first player to do so.

Source: San Francisco Giants

 

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