Petco Park Has It All

Giant sandboxes? Check.
5.7 Magnitude Earthquakes? Check.
Turns out, Petco Park has it all!

I guess I’ll have to ask my compadre Stephen from Searching for ’93 how the game was last night, because he was there in person rocking the Powder Blue jersey in San Diego.

Then Twitter exploded and subsequently the aftershock might have been felt all the way at Petco Park. I’m not necessarily saying that both incidents were related, but it’s awfully suspicious that one happened after the other.


On to the game itself: Shaun Marcum was back to his old self once again, and maybe even more impressive than his pitching prowess was his ability to hang in there as a hitter.

I know Marcum used to be a shortstop back in college, and out of all the Blue Jays starting pitchers he has looked the most comfortable swinging a bat in Interleague play. A hit would have been great, but Shaun drawing a walk was just as good.

John Buck contributed with two home runs, and from what I can recall the first cleared the fence close to the left field line. It seems like if you want to hit home runs in Petco Park, you have to to pull it to either side of the field. Jose Bautista can attest to hitting long fly balls out to centre field.

And one final comment that’s a cause for celebration. Aaron Hill raised his batting average 10 points last night, and currently sits at .196 – ever closer to breaking the Mendoza Line that has haunted him for the better part of the season.

I’m not going to cue the Al Gore Celebration song just yet, but we’re getting pretty damn close.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

6 thoughts on “Petco Park Has It All

  • June 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Seeing Aaron Hill's line in the boxscore was a temporary relief. Please baseball gods, let this become a regular thing. Thanking you in advance…

  • June 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Three doubles for Hill: not too shabby, eh? Same with you Mattt, I'm praying this isn't a trend for Hill more so than a permanent return to crushing the ball.
    Now, if only Adam Lind could do the same.

  • June 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Purely hypothetical, but wouldn't it have been amazing if that earthquake came directly after a trademark J-Bau upper deck homerun?

  • June 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Matt, then that truly would have been a "Bautista Bomb".

  • June 17, 2010 at 4:38 am

    We're almost there! Hill's now at .197, and when he reaches .200 I'll be there waiting with the Al Gore-sized celebration, trust me.

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