my world #45: mccovey cove

05 Oct

The water beyond the right field wall of the SF Giants (baseball) AT & T Park is unofficially called McCovey Cove.  This section of the San Francisco Bay is officially known as China Basin.

The term was coined for the famous SF first baseman Hall of Famer Willie McCovey who played for the Giants from 1959 – 1973 and from 1977 – 1980.

Beyond the wall is this public promenade where people can watch Giants games for free, well three innings per batch of viewers.  Then the guards will ask you to give way to other fans.

On game days, McCovey Cove is filled with kayaks, boats, and floaters.  They carry fishnets hoping to catch a “splash hit” – a home run that ends in water.

Unfortunately, the Giants (88-74) did not  win the division.  They were in the hunt for the wild card slot for a while there, but I guess they lost some steam.  It seemed like forever when they had played in October.  May be I should follow them again avidly as I had a few years ago.

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Posted by on October 5, 2009 in My World


20 responses to “my world #45: mccovey cove

  1. Erin

    October 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    so like this capture of giants stadium from the water side…a nice perspective.
    been to the old stadium but never to new.
    have a wonderful week.

  2. bw

    October 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    very impressive stadium. I’d like to be that guy on the kayak waiting for a home run ball 🙂

  3. yogi

    October 5, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    That is pretty cool. I haven’t been to SF since they built the new stadium. I like that they let you watch a little of the game from the promenade for free. Most ballparks there is nothing free.

  4. Pam

    October 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    This is the first time I have seen this wonderful baseball park. How great to be able to catch a home-run ball instead of a fish from you boat 🙂 Fantastic photos, thanks!

  5. fishing guy

    October 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Ewok: Beautiful photos of the ballpark. They did better then the Indians with 60 some wins.

  6. Sylvia Kirkwood

    October 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    What a great post EWOK! Love the views of the stadium from the water! Fun shots!

    Have a great week!


  7. Barb

    October 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Though we visit San Fran every spring, I’ve never been to China Basin. Your facts about the cove are very interesting. I like that people go out on kayaks hoping for a fly ball!

  8. Carver

    October 5, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I enjoyed your post and wonderful photographs. Thanks for visiting mine and I hame no idea who would have put the red canoe there. It’s a mystery.

  9. SandyCarlson

    October 6, 2009 at 1:19 am

    That’s an incredible place.

  10. Ebie

    October 6, 2009 at 1:50 am

    I have never been able to visit this Park, but the scenery is beautiful. I am not a baseball fan, but for the 3 innings free viewing, I would love that, and hopefully catch a fly ball!

  11. Alicesg

    October 6, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Lovely photo of the sports centre. Nice to just go out and relax on the boat.

  12. Samson

    October 6, 2009 at 7:31 am

    lovely photo’s crisp and clear 🙂 thanks for sharing

    Thanks for your comments on my blog


  13. SusieOfArabia

    October 6, 2009 at 7:36 am

    I wonder how many baseballs are at the bottom of McCovey Cove?

  14. ladyfi

    October 6, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Great shots – and lovely blue skies too.

  15. Eileen

    October 6, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Cool photos, I have seen this spot of TV, I guess while baseball games were being shown.

  16. chrome3d

    October 6, 2009 at 9:13 am

    What a wonderful stadium full of history and present times too. Are those balls worth anything that land in to the sea?

  17. Vita Stunder

    October 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Gorgeous shots with stunning colours!
    Have a great week 🙂

  18. Janie of Utah

    October 6, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    How interesting and unique to have a walkway and waterway right outside a stadium, where you can possibly catch a long hit from your kayak! Great photos.

  19. seniorhiker

    October 6, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks for these beautiful views of the ball park from a perspective I’ve rarely seen. Perhaps the Giants will be playing next October.

  20. Marites

    October 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    being on a kayak waiting for the splash hit sounds fun 😀 they might catch some fish there. it looks a nice place to just walk around too.


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