The World Series trophy appeared out of an entrance in center field in the arms of Giants manager Bruce Bochy. The orange championship banner arrived by fire boat, and players paraded around with it on the field and through the stands before taking turns pulling it up the flag pole in right-center field for all of San Francisco to see.
Even with all the festivities, the St. Louis Cardinals needed no painful pregame reminders of last October's disappointment - the lefty on the mound provided every last bit of it.
Barry Zito tossed seven scoreless innings to send the Cardinals to a 1-0 loss in the Giants' home opener Friday, 5 1/2 months after saving San Francisco's season in a brilliant performance in Game 5 of the NL championship series.
''Sometimes it's a pain when you watch all the guys and we were so close to winning,'' said Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, whose fielding error in the fourth helped lead to San Francisco's only run. ''But at the same time, it's motivating becau...