Hey Batter! Playing Ball with a Behind the Scenes Tour of AT&T Park in San Francisco

Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
I attended a conference recently and managed to swing an invitation to a private event at AT&T Park.  The event was sponsored by a large publisher and I rated the invitation by pretending to be the "Editorial Assistant" to a professor that I know that writes text books for this publisher.  The event was really cool.  We rode the fake tourist cable car from the convention center to the ballpark.  

We arrived at AT&T Park as the sun was setting.
ATT Park in San Francisco - Baseball Stadium
The park was deserted aside from our group.
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
We got a private tour of the stadium including the Press Box.
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
We had the opportunity to stand next to the field itself.  They had just resurfaced the field in anticipation of the season opener.  We were not allowed to set foot on the field for fear of inciting the groundskeeper.  Check out that amazing turf!
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
We walked into the visiting dugout...
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
...and viewed the stadium as a player would.
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
We were admitted to the visiting team's locker room.
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
This door hangs on the locker room wall and features the signatures of everyone that played in Candlestick Park during the last season that the San Francisco Giants played there.  Our tour guide told us one other interesting tidbit about Major League Baseball operations.  Apparently, the visiting team ships their uniforms to the stadium dirty.  It is the home team's job to launder the outfits before game time.  I wonder if anyone would cry foul if they added extra starch to make the uniforms more restrictive and less comfortable for batting.  The home team advantage has to come from somewhere ;-)
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
We ate a delicious meal finished with a trio of sweet desserts.
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
After dinner we were accompanied down to the batting tunnel to hit a few balls.
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
On the way, we passed this amazing painting.
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
We also passed through the Giants dugout.
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
Here we are in the batting tunnel where the Giants players warm up.
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
I am not a particularly good baseball player, but I managed to hit ~50% of the pitches thrown my way (not bad considering I was wearing a suit!).
Behind the Scenes Tour of ATT Park in San Francisco
This was an amazing and impressive outing.  I was glad to have the chance to get a behind the scenes look at AT&T Park.  Batter-up!

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Sidewalk Safari: Hey Batter! Playing Ball with a Behind the Scenes Tour of AT&T Park in San Francisco
Hey Batter! Playing Ball with a Behind the Scenes Tour of AT&T Park in San Francisco
Come along for a behind the scenes tour of AT&T Park, San Francisco's baseball stadium. A photo-rich post by travel blogger Jennifer (aka Dr. J) from Sidewalk Safari.
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