The privately financed ballpark at the corner of Third and King streets, in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, replaced crumbling Candlestick Park as home of the Giants. It's been host to one heartbreaking World Series (in 2002, the Giants lost in seven games to the Angels); the scene of many towering home runs hit by Giants great Barry Bonds (including his record-breaking No. 756 on Aug. 7, 2007); and, it provided the setting for pitcher Greg Maddux's 300th career victory (on Aug. 7, 2004), a game my wife and I were witness to, from both far and near. More about that later.
The ballpark at Third & King
|View of the Portwalk at AT&T Park|
from across McCovey Cove (2006)
|Framing Greg Maddux:|
We watched part of Greg Maddux's 300th career victory while
standing in the knothole at AT&T Park on August 7, 2004.
Standing under the right-field arcade stands, looking through a chain link fence at the field, is an interesting, if not unusual, way to observe a baseball game ~ from the perspective of the right fielder ~ without the benefit of television monitors, but with the radio broadcast of the game piped in. It's how we saw the start of Maddux's quest for his 300th Major League victory six years ago during his second stint with the Chicago Cubs. (We later lucked into buying field club seats behind home plate for the final seven innings of the game.) Also, it's how we spent a portion of our afternoon last Sunday, standing in the knothole, watching a couple of innings of the Giants' 9-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
|Watching the Giants chase after|
the 2010 NL West pennant
from the knothole.
|A knothole perspective:|
Looking over Aubrey Huff's
309 feet from home plate.
No worries, the rain showers that were predicted for game time never materialized and neither did the Brewers' offense against Barry Zito. The Giants scored five more runs after we left.
Looking back, our stroll along the Portwalk and visit to the knothole was an hour well spent at the ball park. After all, we were cheering for our local nines. And it didn't cost us a dime.
All photographs by Michael Dickens, copyright 2010 except where noted.