The 1960 Giants broke in Candlestick Park, and Willie Mays doubled to right in the third inning of the opener, beginning a 16-game hit streak, matching the second-longest to start a season in franchise history.

Then along came Pablo Sandoval.

"It's great for the young man," the Say Hey Kid said of the Panda, who ran his season-opening streak to 17 games with a ninth-inning single Tuesday and made it 18 with a third-inning hit Wednesday. "When I see him, I'll congratulate him. He's always been one of my favorites."

With his hit Wednesday in Cincinnati, Sandoval matched the franchise record set in 1945 by Johnny Rucker of the New York Giants.

"I think it's great for the ballclub, great for our history and great for Sandoval," Mays told me Wednesday, "because he's playing every day and keeping his mouth closed and doing the job."