SAN FRANCISCO -- To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Giants in San Francisco, the club collected as many living players from the 1958 team as possible and paraded them around the warning track in classic convertibles.
But on a crisp and sunny Monday afternoon, the best old classic belonged to the San Diego Padres.
Greg Maddux pitched with his usual guile and precision for seven innings, carving through a prone Giants lineup as the Padres spoiled the home-opening festivities with an 8-4 victory at AT&T Park.
For the first time in the nine-year history of their waterfront ballyard, the Giants were booed in their own opener. They are 1-6 for the second consecutive year and the fourth time since moving to San Francisco in 1958. They have started 1-7 only once, when the 1967 club stumbled out of spring training before rallying to finish with a 91-71 record.
The Giants aren't expected to rally while attempting a seemingly directionless rebuilding effort this season. Certainly, they didn't restore any consumer confidence Monday.
"It's too early to say we're not good enough, that we can't get it done," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It will take time for this team to believe it can win. It takes putting a few wins together, and we haven't done it yet."
Maddux, who turns 42 next week, outpitched Matt Cain, who didn't survive the fifth inning and struggled with what appeared to be a tight strike zone.
Maddux also struggled to get strike calls in the first inning. He gave up a double to Aaron Rowand, who was making his Giants debut at home, and went to 3-and-0 counts on three of the first five batters he faced. The Giants pushed across a run on Bengie Molina's two-out single -- the first run they have scored before the fifth inning.
But Maddux has made a career out of making adjustments. He retired 19 of the last 20 batters he faced to pick up the 348th victory of his career. At one point, Maddux faced 17 consecutive batters without allowing a ball to leave the infield.
"I just tried to slow it down," Maddux said. "I got runs. Runs can allow you to slow down a lot easier."
Cain hasn't had that luxury in two seasons. He realized he wasn't getting the calls and needed to rely on contact.
"And they did," Cain said. "Four or five hits in a row."
Adrian Gonzalez had the biggest hit, a two-run home run in the first inning.
The sellout crowd of 42,861 -- the largest to see a home opener at the ballpark -- booed Barry Zito in pregame introductions. The fans also berated Jose Castillo when the third baseman sashayed a grounder that resulted in an unearned run.
The crowd had few reasons to stand and cheer before Eugenio Velez sped around the bases with a triple as the team trailed by seven runs in the ninth. Molina followed with a two-run double, though at least half the crowd had exited by that point.
"They have a right to boo," Molina said.