San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Opening day–Giants want to get things going at home after having groggy opening road trip

April 10, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Aaron Hill, left, congratulates Brandon Belt, right, for hitting a grand slam home run against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

by Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–18 count em 18 home opening days for AT&T Park since 2000 how time flies this is the 18th opening day at the new ball park and the Giants need to change their ways they went 2-5 on the opening road trip of the season and they need to get on track. The win on Sunday against the San Diego Padres 5-3 at Petco Park was such a big thing. When you think back to former Giants manager Dusty Baker he would always say try to win the opening game on the road trip (that didn’t happen with a loss to Arizona) and the last game on the trip.

That win obviously makes the plane ride back to San Francisco a lot smoother and builds momentum. The opponents the first week of the trip Arizona and San Diego are playing really well from where they were last year to what they showed the Giants last week. You can sense the improvement in San Diego’s case they play well against the Giants as they suffered some embarrassing loses against LA to open the season. It’s baseball there’s still a bunch of games the Giants  2-5 record is not where they want to be but it is where they are.

Morris Phillips does the Giants podcast each week at



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