5. AT&T Park, San Francisco. OPENED: 2000. SEATS: 41,503.
Debate if you must whether this jewel's most infamous player got what he deserved. (We're talking about "Rusty the Mechanical Man," booed out of existence; who did you think?) But AT&T Park is the anti-Candlestick. In short, it is a feast for the baseball fan's senses. Speaking of feasts, you want some garlic fries?
3 REASONS WE LOVE AT&T
1. McCovey Cove. Chicks may dig the long ball elsewhere, but here kayakers dig it as if they're mining home runs like gold. They use nets. They use snorkels. They use mixed martial arts if they must. Pitchers, however, actually use the Cove as a psychological advantage. Hitters are tantalized by the sight of the right field foul pole only 309 feet away and by the fantasy of a splash hit.
MATT CAIN, Giants starting pitcher: "It's kind of funny to watch some of the guys hit it out to right and think, 'Yeah, that's gone,' and it doesn't even make it to the warning track. It takes a lot to hit it out there. I never really understood it until I got here in '05 and saw how far it is out there and how hard it is to hit it out there in the water. I've only seen three righthanded hitters hit it out there, maybe four. It's not an easy thing to do as a righty. I don't know if they've got one in the water off me. I'm not worried about it."
2. Right field. If Fenway has the Green Monster in left, then AT&T Park has the "Brick Beast" in right. It's 25 feet high and juts out twice from 309 feet down the line to 421 feet in right center.
RANDY WINN, Giants right fielder: "You have a chain-link fence, you've got padding, you've got brick and where there's the overhang there's fake brick. Then there's the archways and the ball hits in there. Because of the surfaces and the angles, our wall is a little more unpredictable. I don't know what it's going to do with 100 percent certainty. I have a pretty good idea where I think it's going to hit, but until it hits..."
3. The Giant Glove. A 10-ton replica of a vintage 1927 four-fingered beauty—501 feet from home beyond the bleachers in left center (good luck reaching it, power hitters)—might make you ask, "Why?" The answer is the same as for why we love it: just because.
RICH AURILIA, Giants infielder: "The first time I saw it, I thought what an unbelievable, realistic depiction it was of an old-time glove, just the way it looked like worn leather. The next thing I thought was why did they even put how many feet away it is? Nobody is ever going to hit one there. I don't think of it as a sign for defense. I just think it's more of an art piece. When you see that glove, you know what ballpark it is."
NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees fans showed Don Mattingly the love from the moment he took the lineup card to home plate Wednesday. Hiroki Kuroda, though, wasn't feeling nostalgic when facing his old team.
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