I shot this photo on 5/4/2015 at AT&T Park. It is interesting to see how these professionals are marking the foul line and batter’s box. Precision is important in drawing the 2 batter’s boxes. We know if the batter is not in the correct position in the box, he will be out.
In life, there are lessons we can learn about staying within the boundaries of our batter’s box. Our desire to hit a home run should overrule our rebellious spirit to step out of the box.
Do we have a clear picture of the goals in our life? Do we want to hit a series of home runs in life to succeed? If we have honorable goals, let’s live according to the batter’s box regulations to hit a series of home runs.
Welcome to the upper deck down the left field line at AT&T Park. This photograph was taken in April 2016. The ballpark’s name has been changed to Oracle Park.
There is nothing like standing on the top and looking at the view of the whole ballpark! I do have a fear of heights, so I have to be careful walking around and looking down.
Looking down, we get a perfect view of the entire field and stadium. We can see the San Francisco Bay. We get a good view of the bulk of the seats in the ballpark. So there is an advantage to being up high to see the panoramic view below. Being high (physically) is always a good location for photography.
Finding the ideal location to take good photos can be like hunting for treasure. A good photographer’s goal is to showcase a scene at it’s best. The scene can look better in a photo, than when you actually look at the scene in reality.
My goal will be to see how I can show off AT&T Park now known as Oracle Park at it’s best! I am excited to be going to the San Francisco Giants Home Opening game. So stay tuned to see the stadium art at Oracle Park.
Do you wonder where did all the Candlestick Park Chairs go after the demolition?
We know some fortunate fans who bought chairs to keep as mementos. They are available for sale from $599.99 to $689.99 for a pair.
But if you do not want to invest to purchase or you do not have space for the chairs, we found the chairs at AT&T Park (Oracle Park) last year. They were located at the back north east corner behind the center field scoreboard. Chairs from 19 to 22 from row W are available for sitting and dreaming that you are back at Candlestick Park.
These chairs show their age. But they are still strong enough to endure all the fans who still need to try out these old chairs.
I plan to go to Oracle Park for the San Francisco Giants Home Opening Day game on April 5, 2019. I will be sure to check if the chairs are still there. I hope the new park’s management did not remove the chairs.
I’m glad even though these chairs may be scratched up and aged, they are still functional and can remind us of our past sitting at Candlestick Park. We need mementos to remind us how we grew up at Candlestick Park watching the SF Giants win and lose. We spent precious moments with our families and friends. These chairs remind us to continue to make time to sit with our loved ones and watch the SF Giants or the 49ers. The games are great excuse for us to be with those who are important to us.
If you want to remember the chairs when they glowed in the sun, please hit the link below to see other photos of Candlestick Park chairs.
This is the 3rd post of the SF
Giants Opening Day in 1993 at Candlestick Park. I gathered my photographs
of this day at the request of a fan who was at this game and also in the pre-game
You may wonder how I could have shot
so many photographs of this day or of Candlestick Park.
Why is Candlestick Park so special?
For me it represents the beginning of finding my passion in finding art at this
baseball stadium. I grew up at the Stick watching the Giants play ball. It was
a great place to be with family and friends while enjoying baseball. It was
easily accessible. We did not have to spend lots of money to have a good
For many fans, Candlestick Park was
a special place where they grew up. It was a place where dads and moms took
their sons and daughters to watch the SF Giants and explained the game of
baseball. The Stick was the location for family gatherings to share their
love of baseball. Friends gathered together and spent quality time
For many old SF Giants fans,
Candlestick Park brought together families and friends to build stronger bonds
and spend quality time together.
Even though the Stick is gone, the
memories hopefully can be remembered when we review these photographs.
Here are more photographs from Opening Day at Candlestick Park in 1993.
You can see I got there pretty early before the game, since there are a few pictures where there are lots of empty seats. I get into my “groove” of shooting photographs when the stadium was empty, and I could freely roam to take different views of the park.
It was easy access to go to any SF Giants game, since tickets were inexpensive. Therefore, I could spend hours enjoying all the different perspectives of the stadium.
It is amazing how so many fans in the Bay Area have special memories and place in their heart for this old former stadium.
One fan has special memories of this particular opening day. So I am posting more photographs of this day. I still have more so stay tuned. Good memories are important to keep and cherish. What are your special Candlestick Park memories?
I shot this photograph down the first base line in the front row. I normally did not sit this close. But since I would arrive early before the Giants played, I could roam around the different seating areas.
It is interesting to note there is a camera pointing at the SF Giants catcher – Terry Kennedy. The Giants played the San Diego Padres on this Monday night game on April 22, 1991.
I loved to arrive early to watch all the activities before the game began.
Sitting in the front row does give a great view of the game. But with the ideal view, there was also some danger. In those days, there were no safety nets in the front of these field level box seats. So fans had to pay close attention to every pitch in case a screaming line drive foul ball came your way. You really needed to bring a baseball mitt to protect yourself and hopefully catch the ball.
I am really thankful there are safety nets at Oracle Park now. These baseballs can go over 100 mph. As a fan, it is difficult to catch these fast balls even if they have a baseball mitt. Also if a baseball approaches, it is tricky to anticipate how to catch since often the ball will be flying on a curve. It could also ricochet off something.
How many times in life do we get hit by an unexpected curve ball. We all need a safety net to protect and help us. I know for me my safety net has been my God who actually did protect me at Candlestick Park. But that’s another story which you can find in this blog. Make sure you have a safety net to protect you.
These are various photographs of the upper rim of Candlestick Park. As I was browsing my various Candlestick Park photos, I realized I had some interesting perspectives of the top row.
I was roaming around the top row of seats at the stadium and took these pictures from different locations. I enjoyed my solitude as I moved quickly around the seats trying to shoot as many pictures as I could. I was limited, since this was before digital cameras, and I was using film.
I loved being on the top row since the view was fantastic. You could see San Bruno Mountain and the hill in Bay View Park behind the football press box. Also I enjoyed looking down to see the field and the lower rows of seats.
My one regret for these photos is that I did not have an ultra wide angle lens. I used a 28 mm wide angle lens. If I had an ultra wide angle lens, then I could have taken more of the stadium in one shot. In my first shot, I would have been able to get the full stadium with a wider angle lens. My shots above were cut off due to the limitation of my wide angle lens.
But I did not know that one day Candlestick Park would be demolished. The lesson I learned is to make sure to take lots of photographs of places and people you love. Life is like a vapor and people, things, and places change or are gone. So take lots of pictures to keep the important moments. I’m glad I preserved Candlestick Park in my photographs.
The answer is one of baseball’s all time great, Barry Bonds. I took this photograph at Pacific Bell Park during Fuji Photo Day.
Barry Bonds signed with the Giants in 1992. The Giants were still playing at Candlestick Park. He was playing with the Pittsburg Pirates before becoming a free agent. He was the most sought after free agent available in 1992. He signed a record 6 year $43.75 million deal. The deal was orchestrated by Peter Magowan. He became the highest-paid player in baseball history. Barry Bonds played for the Giants for 15 years.
Barry Bonds played left field at Candlestick Park. Al Michaels, the ABC broadcaster for Monday night football, stated left field at Candlestick Park was one of the most expensive piece of real estate in any sports stadium during a 49’ers game in 1992. Al was referencing the large contract paid to Barry Bonds who would play in left field (the north end zone) of Candlestick Park for the 1993 season.