Freewheeling Giants excel without Bonds

With Barry Bonds out of the lineup, the Giants changed their style and it helped in securing a win in their opener.

Originally Published: April 5, 2005
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- In some respects, the Giants' season opener was like most of their games the past five years or so. No one threw a strike to Barry Bonds.

With his right knee still bothering him and his return from the disabled list still unscheduled (maybe next month, maybe next year), Barry's Opening Day action was limited to being introduced before the game to a sellout crowd of adoring fans.

The fans reacted by standing, hollering wildly and chanting his name. The Dodgers, naturally, ...

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