That was more like the way April is supposed to feel.
Thursday brought the San Francisco Giants’ home opener, and the hopeful magic that comes every year with Opening Day was in full effect. Everything seemed to be just a little brighter, and visions of the team’s first World Series victory since arriving in San Francisco in 1958 captured the imagination.
The weather was glorious, too, at least in comparison to March and the first days of April, providing a tantalizing glimpse of the springtime that — one hopes — is just behind that last rain cloud.
Even the controversy that has followed Barry Bonds’ every step in recent days seemed farther away, as fans roared their welcome to him. And to top it all off, the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-4.
The arrival of baseball season also served as a subtle reminder of how sports can facilitate a sense of togetherness in communities, and not just during games.
AT&T Park is a cornerstone of the revival of San Francisco’s waterfront south of Market Street, and in the days since it was built under the moniker of Pac Bell Park a whole new neighborhood has sprung up around it.
Here’s hoping the combination of a sunny day and a Giants win becomes a lot more common.