McCovey Cove, San FranciscoPosted: August 17, 2010
Photo of the Day – August 16, 2010
This photo was taken last year when I visited San Fran for the 2009 AIA National Convention.
McCovey Cove is the unofficial name of a section of San Francisco Bay beyond the right field wall of AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, coined after famed Giants first baseman Willie McCovey. The proper name for the cove is China Basin, which is the mouth of Mission Creek as it meets the bay. The cove is bounded along the north by AT&T Park, with a ferry landing and a breakwater at the northeast end. The southern shore is lined by China Basin Park and McCovey Point. To the east, it opens up to San Francisco Bay , while the west end of the cove is bounded by the Lefty O’Doul Drawbridge, named after San Francisco ballplayer and manager Lefty O’Doul.
Splash hits are officially recorded only as Giants players who have hit home runs that have landed in the cove on the fly. As of August 12, 2010, 54 “Splash Hits”  had been hit into the Bay by Giants players since the park opened; 35 of those were by Barry Bonds. The only Giants other than Bonds to have done it more than once are Felipe Crespo (in 2001), Michael Tucker, Ryan Klesko, Pablo Sandoval, Aubrey Huff, and Andres Torres. Nine other Giants’ players have accomplished the feat just once.
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