A DeLorean Hovercraft, AT&T Park, and Mediocrity

So, that happened Friday night, in beautiful San Francisco. AT&T Park, man. One of the best.

I’ve always assumed that it would be easier to support a mediocre baseball team if the stadium in which it played wasn’t a soulless slab of mostly concrete. Not that the Giants are mediocre — not at all. But I imagine 2005 through 2008 were more bearable for Giants fans because of AT&T Park.

My point — because, unfortunately, everything comes back to my life as a Blue Jays supporter — is that it’d be a lot easier to support the forever-mediocre Blue Jays at an AT&T Park-like ballpark. Not that the Rogers Centre — another stadium shamelessly named after a telecommunications company in the explicit and disgusting support of capitalism — is completely soulless. It’s like an old car at this point. Still works. Incredible memories, including some firsts. Some great work has been done to it, A to B, all that nonsense. But I’d rather have a new car. I’d rather have AT&T Park. Obviously. I mean, it’s right on the water. Open-air. Ted Williams’ famous quote — “They invented the All-Star game for Willie Mays” — is on one of walls inside. People wear those silly panda hats. DeLorean Hovercrafts show up in the cove. Yeah, life would be a lot easier. But we can’t choose our ballparks. Or, I believe, our mediocre baseball teams.

Anyway, I have buried the lede: the NotGraphs Investigative Reporting Investigation Team has confirmed — moments ago — that San Francisco is, in fact, the future.

GIF credit: Internet sensation, @SAJagfire.




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Navin Vaswani is a replacement-level writer. Follow him on Twitter.


9 Responses to “A DeLorean Hovercraft, AT&T Park, and Mediocrity”

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  1. Dan Cummings says:

    I disagree. We don’t need a gimmick park. Waterfront locations were considered for SkyDome but then the waterfront would be blocked. Better to have it where it is, not requiring mounds of parking, at centre of top transit hub, usable for conventions when sports absent. Lots can be done inside to make it more fan friendly, even the lower, moving bleachers could be rebuilt closer and steeper, while the former Hard Rock location could be extended out over the field as a fabulous new right field seating section.

    But, most of all, we need some superstar pitching. Being cheapskates for the AA years has cost the #BlueJays. Product matters.

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  2. Jack says:

    Its Doc Brown, coming to warn the giants that the Cubs are going to win the world series in 2015.

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  3. Brian M. Jones says:

    I acompared the baseball world with Back to the Future 2 weeks ago in my column: (Oct 27, 1985 was the night KC/StL played game 7) Kangaroo Court: When This Baby Hits Colby Lewis… http://www.fullspectrumbaseball.com/2012/07/29/kangaroo-court-when-this-baby-hits-colby-lewis/

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  4. Kyle says:

    Simply amazing. I want to go to there.

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    • There’s a bar/restaurant that’s part of the stadium. If you go for pre-game drinks, you can take your beer into the stadium with you when the game begins. I thought that was rather genius. I watched the blown call during Galarraga’s perfect game at the bar. I’ll never forget the collective gasp from those watching. Also, the way the fog rolls into the park, and the view, and that giant baseball glove … they really got it right in San Francisco. And it’s such a great city, to boot. Would highly recommend it.

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  5. DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy says:

    Well at least they have nice caps, as an owner of a Blue Jays hat……..but yah that park has to go.

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  6. Meredith says:

    You’re such a Negative Nelly, Navin. Geeze!

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