AT&T Park, San Francisco

 

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Pac Bell Park, as it was originally known, is right on an inlet in the harbor.

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The walkway between right field and the Old Navy Splash-yard.

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By 2008 the Old Navy Splash Yard was re-named Levi’s Landing.

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3rd baseman Bill Mueller in 2000.  In 2003 with the Red Sox he was the AL Batting Champion and on the 2004 World Series Champion Red Sox. Also lived in our home town of Wellesley, MA.

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 View of the Giants bullpen down the left field line.  The scoreboard in the distance looks like it says “Boston 1”…actually it’s Ball 0, Strike 1.

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 In case the kids get bored they have a playground in center field – underneath the big glove and the Coke bottle.

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By 2008 the cartoon Chevron ad in the left field wall was much bigger.  It actually blocked the view of rows 1-4.

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 As with many new ballparks, the fans only cheer when the scoreboard tells you to.

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David Ortiz hit his 13th home run that day. Not in this game, but I caught it on the scoreboard.

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Kara and I went following the 2008 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships in Sacramento.

 First two games: September, 2000.  I was in San Francisco for the NAB Convention.  On Wednesday night I skipped the opening cocktail party (mostly it would have been people saying, “Hey, whenja get in?”) and went to what was then called Pac Bell Park and saw the Reds v. the Giants.  I had a club level ticket that I bought on the internet. The Giants won, 4-2.  The next night I went again with Harry “Bud” Nelson from WROR and a group from ABC.  They had a whole section of terrace box seats on the right field side.  A box dinner of Dungeness crab was served at the seats.  Great game, great night.  The Giants beat the Diamondbacks 8-7 and clinched the NL West.  The Giants win the pennant!  The Giants win the pennant!  The Baja Men sang the Star Spangled Banner – then did “Who Let The Dogs Out” and the end of the game.  Barry Bonds homered.  No one booed because we were in the City by the Bay, where his steroid use was overlooked.  So did former and future Red Sox outfielder Ellis Burks.  Juan Gonzales of the D’Backs hit a homer into the Old Navy splash yard beyond the right field wall.  A fan on a boat threw it all the way back into the park.  Pac Bell is a wonderful ballpark.  As good as they get.

June 1, 2008.  Kara was rowing for Harvard in the NCAA Division I Championships held in Sacramento and I went to cheer her on.  The team had flown into San Francisco and took a bus up to Sacramento.  After the races I drove her back to San Francisco where we had time to catch a ballgame before the redeye flight back to Boston.

Because of telephone company mergers the ballpark had changed names twice since 2000, first to SBC Park and then to AT&T Park.  The Old Navy Splashyard was renamed the Levi’s Landing. I liked splashyard better, but I wasn’t paying for naming rights and Levi’s was.  We saw the Giants and Padres play an extra-inning game with a Giants walkoff win.  The Giants starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum (who played for Harwich i the Cape Cod League), was the NL Cy Young winner that year and again the following year.  But in this game he had a no-decision.  San Francisco was leading 1-0 when he gave up the tying run in the 7th.  It was 1-1 game going into the 9th and reliever Alex Hinshaw gave up a 2-run homer to future Red Sox 1st baseman Adrian Gonzalez (later traded to LA in the chicken-and-beer house cleaning) and the Padres went up, 3-1. In the 10th San Diego brought in Trevor Hoffman, the all-time MLB leader in saves, who proceeded to give up four hits and a walk and the Giants won, 4-3.  So we saw the Cy Young winner give up the lead and the all-time saves leader blow a save in the same game.

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