SAN FRANCISCO, California – Behind the AT&T Park which is hosting games 3 through 5 of the World Series, a special area is reserved for some of the hardest-hit home runs in San Francisco.
The banks of McCovey Cove, named for Giants legend Willie McCovey because he hit 521 home runs in his 22 year big league career, 19 of which came in San Francisco.
It’s only fitting that the body of water bears his name, providing the final destination for some of the biggest home runs in the history of AT&T Park.
It has also proven to be a gathering point for Giants fans on game night.
“It’s a floating party out here, basically.”
No tickets, no problem. Hundreds make their way to this small pocket of the San Francisco bay every time the Giants play.
“As you can see a lot of fans go out on the water in boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, pretty much anything that floats.”
Fans steer their way through the maze of multi-million dollar yachts, but in this cheering section, it doesn’t matter how you get here.
“If they can get on the water they do, and if not, they sit out here and enjoy it.”
The best case scenario would be perfectly positioned near the right field wall when a home town favorite launches one into the bay.
“It’s great to try to get home run balls, although with these two teams, we’ll have to see if any make it out here.”
“We want to be able to see the Jumbotron. We want to maybe be able to catch a ball that flies over. That’s the idea.”
Only 68 have reached the water since the park opened in 2000.
In the meantime, it’s important for your vessel to be well-stocked.
“To pack to make a good party, bring plenty of liquid refreshments and snacks and all that. And just more to join the festivities with everyone else.”
They have it pretty well figured out in McCovey Cove, after all this is their third trip to the fall classic in the last five years.
“It never gets boring. How does it ever get boring if your team’s in the World Series, right?”