San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park

AT&T Park is a flat-out beautiful place to watch a baseball game. Looking out from the upper deck stands behind home plate, you see the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge beyond the left field wall and the San Francisco Bay water all around the outfield. A small portion of the bay just beyond the right field wall is called McCovey Cove. It's named after one of the Giants' most prodigious power hitters, Willie McCovey, who, as a lefty, would have hit many home runs into the cove had this stadium been open when he played. During batting practice and games, fans in kayaks wait for home run balls to come rocketing out of the stadium. One man, Joe, comes to almost every home game with a fishing pole and net to catch any "splash hits," the term for home runs landing in the cove. The outfield seats are situated below the outfield concourse, leaving views of the bay fairly uncluttered. 

From my observations, every seat, infield and outfield, upper deck and lower, offers a great view of the game. The stadium design is quite similar to the retro modern style of Camden Yards. The green steel and red brick construction combined with the accessible downtown location and aforementioned water views make this stadium one of the most picturesque in baseball. 

In this in-state competition between the Dodgers of Los Angeles and the Giants of San Francisco, the Dodgers came out ahead. Yasiel Puig hit three triples, a feat only achieved 15 times since 1950, and the Dodgers rolled to an easy victory. 

Final Score: Dodgers 8, Giants 1. 

Joe Dirt has snared 26 splash hit home runs in McCovey Cove with a fishing rod and net, including Barry Bonds' 725th homer.

Joe Dirt has snared 26 splash hit home runs in McCovey Cove with a fishing rod and net, including Barry Bonds' 725th homer.

A trolley once used to transport San Francisco residents sits in the right-centerfield concourse for fans to relax on and eat during the game. From left, Dave, Nina, Kaiden and Kylie, hang out on the trolley before the game. It was Kaiden's first MLB game. Kylie, who plays catcher in softball, said her favorite player is Buster Posey.

A trolley once used to transport San Francisco residents sits in the right-centerfield concourse for fans to relax on and eat during the game. From left, Dave, Nina, Kaiden and Kylie, hang out on the trolley before the game. It was Kaiden's first MLB game. Kylie, who plays catcher in softball, said her favorite player is Buster Posey.

Abel and Gloria have been married for 17 years. On one of their first dates, they went to a Dodgers-Giants game. 

Abel and Gloria have been married for 17 years. On one of their first dates, they went to a Dodgers-Giants game. 

Zack Greinke warms up before his scheduled start that night. 

Zack Greinke warms up before his scheduled start that night. 

Clowns Hiccups, left, and Hoppers, right, cross the street before the game. 

Clowns Hiccups, left, and Hoppers, right, cross the street before the game. 

Fans try to get a ball from outfielder Hunter Pence before the start of the game. 

Fans try to get a ball from outfielder Hunter Pence before the start of the game. 

McCovey Cove Dave, left, has corralled 22 of the home runs hit into McCovey Cove. He's paddled out to almost all home games since 2005. Another home run-seeking kayaker on his right brings bread for seagulls and they sit on his kayak. 

McCovey Cove Dave, left, has corralled 22 of the home runs hit into McCovey Cove. He's paddled out to almost all home games since 2005. Another home run-seeking kayaker on his right brings bread for seagulls and they sit on his kayak. 

A fan, center in orange, reenacts a recent play in which a fan interfered with a ball hit by Yasiel Puig.

A fan, center in orange, reenacts a recent play in which a fan interfered with a ball hit by Yasiel Puig.

John is a fourth-generation San Franciscan. He trims trees for the city and has been dressing up and carrying a flag at games since 2010. 

John is a fourth-generation San Franciscan. He trims trees for the city and has been dressing up and carrying a flag at games since 2010. 

Jamie, right, held her bachelorette party at the game with 40 of her friends. A man came up to her with a violin and said "Can I play you a song?" She said yes, and she did an Irish dance with her friend Tracey, center.

Jamie, right, held her bachelorette party at the game with 40 of her friends. A man came up to her with a violin and said "Can I play you a song?" She said yes, and she did an Irish dance with her friend Tracey, center.

Paul is an usher from San Francisco. He's in his first season with the Giants and said he's really loving it. His last job was working at McDonald's.

Paul is an usher from San Francisco. He's in his first season with the Giants and said he's really loving it. His last job was working at McDonald's.

Outfielder Yasiel Puig balances a ball on his hand in between innings. 

Outfielder Yasiel Puig balances a ball on his hand in between innings. 

Rumaldo shows his son, Rumaldo Jr., how many more outs the Dodgers needed to secure the win. 

Rumaldo shows his son, Rumaldo Jr., how many more outs the Dodgers needed to secure the win. 

Max, right, sold 50 cups of hot chocolate at the game. He said he didn't sell as much as he usually does because the Giants were losing.

Max, right, sold 50 cups of hot chocolate at the game. He said he didn't sell as much as he usually does because the Giants were losing.