The Giants ballpark is getting a new name as of today: Goodbye “AT&T Park,” Hello “Oracle Park.” That’s part of a 20-year naming-rights deal the team is signing with giant technology company Oracle.
The ballpark has been known as AT&T Park since 2006. Before that it was SBC Park. Before that it was Pac Bell Park. Before that they played in what was once called Candlestick Park but, near the end there, was called 3Com Park at Candlestick Point, which was frankly ridiculous.
All of which is to say that, nah, it’s hard to get too worked up over this one way or the other. At least “Oracle” is a real word instead of initials, so it’s a bit more natural to write or say. It’d be a different case if the ballpark was once known as “Willie Mays Field” or “San Francisco Stadium” or something a little more stately, a little less commercial and imbued with something approaching civic pride.
It’s a beautiful ballpark, but it’s always had dumb corporate names and likely always will. Life goes on.
The Reds have sent second baseman Scooter Gennett in for an MRI exam after he was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Brewers. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be reported, but starting pitcher Robert Stephenson said Gennett may have hurt himself after he “rolled weird” while trying to rein in a ground ball. He appeared to be grabbing at his right thigh/groin area immediately afterward and was helped off the field.
Following the incident, the 28-year-old was swiftly replaced by veteran infielder Carlos Rivero, who went hitless as he finished out the game. Though Gennett went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat on Friday, he’s been tearing through the Cactus League competition this spring with a .351/.405/.486 batting line in 42 plate appearances so far.
The extent of Gennett’s injuries have not been disclosed — and may still be unknown to the team as well — but any significant setback would undoubtedly throw a wrench in the Reds’ plans this season, as he was the presumed starter at the keystone after turning in his first All-Star worthy performance in 2018. Although they have a promising alternative in top infield/outfield prospect Nick Senzel, the 23-year-old has not seen any time at second base this year and was recently reassigned to Triple-A Louisville to start the 2019 season.