Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Petco Park Has It All
By Ian Hunter
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.