Forbes Says AT&T Park is the Greatest Ballpark in America (Duh)

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James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo of Metallica pose with Lou Seal before Game Four of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park, October 15, 2014. (Photo by Harry How/ Getty Images)

This week, the fancy pants people at Forbes told the world what a million Giants fans already know: San Francisco's got the best damn ballpark in the entire country.

Forbes National Baseball Writer, Maury Brown, assessed all 30 MLB ballparks, based on "the overall aesthetics of the ballpark design; its setting; the visuals from within the seating bowl or surrounding views; the amenities offered at the facility; historic relevance; and external development that adds to the experience."

Yes, AT&T Park is great at all of those things, but it is also so much more than a beautifully designed arena with a swoon-worthy Bay backdrop.

Where else can you go to a sporting event and throw yourself down a slide inside a gigantic Coca-Cola bottle? Who else has ever gone to the trouble of making and displaying a God-sized baseball mitt? Who else has Metallica just show up every year to do the National Anthem on team-appropriate guitars? Where else in the world is there a stadium that serves vegetarian hotdogs? And, most importantly, where else can you celebrate the site of Kim and Kanye's engagement, while watching 18 men running around a field throwing balls at each other?

Lou Seal dressed up as R2-D2 at AT&T Park, August 31, 2014. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/ Getty Images)

Also, can we talk about the majesty of Lou Seal while we're at it? We're pretty sure Lou could top a list of MLB mascots, given the opportunity. Lou's got style, panache, a kickass golf cart, and costume changes to die for (anyone who's ever been to Star Wars Day can attest to this).


So thanks Forbes, for confirming what we already suspected: San Francisco rules, and so does our ballpark, and our baseball team (three out of five World Series wins between 2010 and 2015)! All together now: We're number one! We're number one! We're number one!