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?
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).