Giants' opener to feature 'Hamilton,' painter

Giants' opener to feature 'Hamilton,' painter

SAN DIEGO -- Patrons attending the Giants' home opener Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks must pay attention to the clock.

The first pitch for the club's 60th home opener in San Francisco is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. PT, not the regular day-game start of 1:05 p.m.

Most gates will open at 11:05 a.m., 2 1/2 hours before gametime. The Triples Alley and Gotham Club gates will open at 10:35 a.m. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 1 p.m. for pregame ceremonies. The first 40,000 fans through the gates will receive 2017-18 calendars.

Performance painter David Garibaldi, who specializes in creating instant renditions of famous rock musicians, will demonstrate his skills as part of the pregame ceremonies.

The Schuyler Sisters from the cast of "Hamilton" will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner": Emmy Raver-Lampman (Angelica), Solea Pfeiffer (Eliza) and Amber Iman (Peggy). The immensely popular musical is currently being performed in San Francisco.

Strickland a father: Reliever Hunter Strickland will return to the Giants on Monday after being on paternity leave. Strickland's wife, Shelley, gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Kinsey, on Saturday night.

Miller reminisces: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of Camden Yards, the Baltimore Orioles' popular ballpark.

Giants broadcaster Jon Miller, then the voice of the Orioles, vividly recalled the feeling of awe that proliferated when the ballclub and its traveling party toured the park shortly before the inaugural game. Miller recalled observers were particularly impressed by the B&O Warehouse overlooking right field.

"The warehouse just loomed and gave an intimacy to the ballpark and made it look so cool," Miller said. "It looked so impressive and massive next to the ballpark."

Miller admitted he wasn't fond of the warehouse initially.

"A lot of people, me included, wanted to blow that thing up, so you could see the harbor and the skyline," he said.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.