AT&T Park celebrates Opening Day

Giants present pageantry on Opening Day

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants celebrated their 2006 Opening Day at AT&T Park on Thursday against the Atlanta Braves, with a capacity crowd on hand, including nine survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti performed the national anthem, while the ceremonial first pitches were thrown out by survivors Royal Beine (102), Marie Sagues (99), Frances Duffy 100), Violet Lynam (102), Libra Armstrong (103), John Violich (103), Norma Norwood (99), Herbert Hamrol (101) and Jeannette Trapani (104).

The survivors were seated when gently tossing baseballs to San Francisco's starting players.

The opening game of a seven-game homestand vs. the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros also featured a flyover by two U.S. Navy FA-18s from the Lemoore Naval Air Station in Lemoore, Calif., and the first 40,000 fans received free Giants calendars.

Also honored were Giants 2005 Rawlings Gold Glove winners, shortstop Omar Vizquel (10) and catcher Mike Matheny (4). They were presented with their awards by nine-time winner Luis Aparicio and five-time Gold Glover Bill Freehan.

The Presidio of Monterey Center for Information Dominance Detachment Color Guard Unit presented the colors for the national anthem.

Rich Draper is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.