Best San Francisco Giants Moments from 2017: My First Trip to AT&T Park
By Jake Mastroianni
There weren’t too many great moments for the San Francisco Giants in 2017, but my personal favorite was taking my first trip to AT&T Park.
Living on the east coast it isn’t easy for me to get out West as much as I’d like. However, I was able to convince my wife to go to a baseball game on our anniversary in mid-August.
I had always heard how AT&T was one of the best stadiums in baseball, and it lived up to those expectations.
I’ve now been to nearly half the stadiums in baseball, and I think AT&T is my new favorite right behind Busch Stadium. And that list of stadiums I’ve been to includes historic stadiums like Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium.
FYI, Dodger Stadium is near the bottom of my list. Other than the neat backdrop, that stadium is a bore.
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The only negative about AT&T Park is the wind, and the stadium can’t do anything about that other than maybe face away from the Bay to block some of the wind. But I’ll sacrifice the cold temperatures for the amazing scenery behind the stadium with sailboats coming in-and-out of the Bay.
Despite being in the midst of a terrible season, the stadium was still packed for both games that I went to. And the outcomes of the games I went to weren’t great either, as they lost both games to the Phillies.
However, the highlight of my trip was getting to watch Madison Bumgarner in person toss six solid innings. And then in a perfect summation of the season, the bullpen blew a lead.
One of my other favorite moments was getting there early to watch batting practice and seeing the guys in kayaks fight over balls that landed in McCovey Cove. My favorite was seeing two guys on a kayak rush over to a ball only to see a guy standing on the walkway catch it with a net and fishing rod.
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It truly was a dream come true for me, and in the midst of a terrible season for the Giants it was easily my favorite moment of the season.