SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants invited one of the stars from their last postseason triumph over the Cubs to AT&T Park on Monday night, hoping his presence will kickstart another series victory.
Kevin Mitchell, a two-time All-Star and 1989 National League Most Valuable Player, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Giants' 13-inning, 6-5 win in Game 3 of the NL Division Series (Game 4 Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on FS1). Mitchell spent five years with the Giants and helped lead them to the 1989 World Series.
On their way to that Fall Classic defeat against the A's, the Giants dispatched the Cubs in the NL Championship Series. Along with Will Clark, Mitchell was a major part of their regular-season and NLCS success in 1989. He batted .291 with a 1.023 OPS, 47 homers and 125 RBIs in his MVP campaign, then hit .353 with two homers in the NLCS as San Francisco won the series, 4-1.
Wearing a No. 7 Giants jersey, Mitchell received a standing ovation and fired the first pitch to closer Sergio Romo.
Mitchell's toss was only one part of Monday's pregame festivities on a picture-perfect evening by the San Francisco Bay. As they did before Game 1 at Wrigley Field, both clubs lined up along the foul lines as they were introduced to the rowdy AT&T Park crowd.
With a giant American flag unfurled in center field, the national anthem was performed by Lena Hall, a San Francisco native and Tony Award-winning Broadway actress.
Michael Buffer, the well-known boxing and wrestling announcer, modified his signature "Let's get ready to rumble!" catchphrase for the occasion, shouting "Let's get ready to play ball!" to get Game 3 underway.
Adam Berry has covered baseball for MLB.com since 2011. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.