The Giants haven’t made any big moves, haven’t shown any indications of what their off-season plans are, and the organization is only in the news for Champagne Thread reasons. So I was kind of at a loss for what to talk about today.
And then I found this gem by Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle that somehow slipped under my radar. It talks about the ballpark that could have been, but never was. And thank goodness for that! In the late 1980s, there was a push to build a new park at Seventh and Townsend.
Though fairly close to where AT&T Park is currently located, the ballparks (even just in design) couldn’t be less alike. Instead of the beautiful bay views offered at the park that eventually was built, this one would have featured beautiful views of....bay area traffic.
I can’t post the picture, so you’ll have to click on the link to see for yourself. But I’ll share some quotes to help give you a mental image:
The freeway in the architectural concept drawing looked like the stadium’s entrails were spilling out of left field.
And this happy thought experiment:
And instead of McCovey Cove, Barry Bonds might have been hitting balls onto an Interstate 280off-ramp
Imagine driving through the city, or more likely, sitting in traffic. And all of a sudden, SMASH! There goes your windshield. Maybe you could sell the ball to help offset the cost of repairs, but it still lacks the charm of the splash hits to the cove.
The ballpark was never built, of course, due to the failure of its ballot measure. Owner Bob Lurie was determined that the Seventh and Townsend location was the only place for a ballpark and he took the city’s rejection of the ballot measure as a rejection of the team and furiously declared that the Giants would not be playing in San Francisco.
Thankfully that, too, never happened.